According to PRS Legislative Research, the 16th Lok Sabha worked for 1,615 hours
The 16th Lok Sabha met in its last session on February 13 before the general election. From June 2014 to February 2019, a total of 133 bills were passed and 45 ordinances were promulgated. During this time, the Parliament echoed with major issues like the agrarian crisis, inflation and various natural calamities.
But how productive was it really?
According to PRS Legislative Research, the 16th Lok Sabha worked for 1,615 hours. This was 20 per cent more than the previous one but 40 per cent lower than the average of all the full-term Lok Sabhas, making this the second lowest hours of work done by Lok Sabha in any full term.
About 16 per cent of the Lok Sabha's time was lost to disruptions. It was better than the previous one which lost 37 per cent to protests, but worse than the 14th Lok Sabha sessions.
This Lok Sabha spent 32 per cent of its time on legislative business, higher than the average (25 per cent) and the second highest of all previous Lok Sabhas.
It passed 15 per cent more bills (133) than the previous Lok Sabha and spent more time discussing these Bills. But it referred far fewer bills to Parliamentary Committees (25 per cent), which allows for detailed scrutiny, than the previous two Lok Sabhas (71 per cent and 60 per cent respectively).
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, and the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 (Triple Talaq Bill), however, could not be passed in the upper house and are set to lapse on June 3 when the term of the present Lok Sabha ends.