Vital Stats

Parliament in Winter Session 2014

During this winter session, the Lok Sabha functioned smoothly while the Rajya Sabha lost significant time to disruptions over issues related to religious conversions and the arrest of a state minister by the CBI. While some legislative business...

Parliament in Winter Session 2012

The first half of the Winter Session of Parliament, 2012 was dominated by disruptions over and discussion on the government's notification to allow 51% FDI in the retail sector.  The issue was finally discussed in Parliament under Rule 184, a...

Assembly elections 2012

The Election Commission recently announced the poll schedule for Assembly elections in five States – Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa.  As parties prepare for the upcoming elections, we take a look at the electoral trends in...

Goa Legislative Assembly 2012-13

The tenure of the sixth Goa Legislative Assembly commenced in March 2012. The Assembly sat for 24 days in two sessions in 2012 and for 39 days in three sessions in 2013.

Parliament Budget Session 2012

Parliament met for the Budget Session between March 16 and May 22 with a three-week recess in April. Both Houses met for 35 days each. A special sitting was convened on Sunday, May 13 to commemorate 60 years since the first sitting of Parliament...

60 Years of Parliament

On May 13, 2012 Parliament completes 60 years since its first sitting.  To mark the occasion, a special sitting of both Houses has been organised on the day.

Recently, there has been much public scrutiny of the work of MPs and the...

Parliament in 2011

The year in Parliament was characterised by frequent disruptions and protests over a host of issues. The issue of the establishment of a Lokpal prompted both disruption as well as intense debate. We look at the business transacted by Parliament...

Parliament in Winter Session 2011

A significant part of the first two weeks of the Winter Session were lost to disruptions.  The session was extended for three days and several anti-corruption Bills were debated. Despite the extension, Parliament still fell short of its initial...

Working of State Assemblies

How often do our State Assemblies meet? Do MLAs get enough opportunity to scrutinize Bills? Are all budget demands discussed on the floor of the House? PRS studied the work done by 13 State Assemblies over the past 10 years. We present some...

Parliament in Monsoon Session 2011

The Monsoon Session of Parliament saw several uncommon events – a gesture by the Lok Sabha to Anna Hazare, a discussion on the issues raised by Anna Hazare on the Lok Pal Bill and the impeachment motion against Justice Soumitra Sen in Rajya Sabha...