Parliament monsoon session: some work done, a lot of time wasted

A look at the business transacted and other highlights

 
By Richard Mahapatra
Published: Monday 09 September 2013

The monsoon session of Parliament this year was the most awaited as well as contested one. With general elections scheduled in April 2014, this is practically the last session for the government to push its two electoral-friendly Bills–the National Food Security Bill and the Land Acquisition Bills. Parliament has accumulated a large number of bills that have been pending since the 15th Lok Sabha was inaugurated in May 2009. Though 16 monsoon sittings were planned, the session was extended by six days. Government pushed its key Bills during this extended period of six days.

Business accomplished

  • Around 170 bills were pending at the beginning of the session. Both houses passed 18 bills. A few bills were withdrawn. Parliament still has 122 bills to approve in the winter session.
  • According to PRS Legislative Research, Lok Sabha wasted 42 per cent of its scheduled time while the Rajya Sabha 20 per cent.
  • Out of the time used, the Lok Sabha spent just 53 per cent on discussing legislative business.


Bills approved or taken up

The two key Bills that got approved: the National Food Security Bill and the Right To Fair Compensation and Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill. Listed below are Bills relating to the environment and development:

The Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2013, Rajya Sabha

The National Food Security Bill, 2013, Lok Sabha. See special coverage on key issues relating to the Bill: National Food Security Bill approved.

The Mental Health Care Bill, 2013, Rajya Sabha. See ‘Troubled beautiful minds’.

The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2013. See ‘Will the proposed law settle land conflicts’.

The Drugs and Cosmetics (Amendment) Bill, 2013, Rajya Sabha

Parliamentary committee reports submitted

A parliamentary session is also an occasion for various business committees to submit their reports on different subjects. The monsoon session saw a few important reports related to the environment and development being tabled in Parliament. They are as follows:

Development of national grid: Standing Committee on Energy (2012-13)

Production and availability of pesticides: Standing Committee on Chemicals and Fertilizers (2012-13)

Implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005: Standing Committee on Rural Development (2012-13)

Pricing of fertilizers: Standing Committee on Chemicals and Fertilizers (2012-13) 

Review of export of iron ore policy: Standing Committee on Coal and Steel (2012-13)

State of environment and question hour

Though this session is one of the worst in terms of time spent on question hour, there have been a significant number of questions that brought out the state of affairs in the environment, development and public health sectors. A selected list of questions and the answers from the government:

More than two-thirds of milk samples found adulterated

In the National Survey conducted by the Food Safety and Standards of Authority of India (FSSAI) to ascertain the quality of milk throughout the country, 68.4 percent samples were found to be non-conforming to Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011. State-wise details of non-conforming samples in the descending order of percentage with respect to the total samples collected in different States are given:

State(s)

% of non-conforming samples

Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Daman and Diu, Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal and  Mizoram 100%
Manipur and Meghalaya 96%
Tripura 92%
Gujarat and Sikkim 89%
Uttrakhand and Uttar Pradesh 88%
Nagaland 86%
Jammu & Kashmir 83%
Punjab 81%
Rajasthan 76%
Delhi Haryana 70%
Arunachal Pradesh 68%
Maharashtra 65%
Himachal Pradesh 59%
Dadra and Nagar Haveli 58%
Assam 55%
Chandigarh and Madhya Pradesh 48%
Kerala 28%
Karnataka 22%
Tamil Nadu 12%
Andhra Pradesh 6.7%
Goa and  Puducherry Nil
Source: Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha

 

28,984 rural doctor positions vacant
DOCTORS+ AT PRIMARY HEALTH CENTRES
S. No. State/UT (As on March, 2012)  
Required1 Sanctioned In Position Vacant Shortfall
[R] [S] [P] [S-P] [R-P]
1 Andhra Pradesh 1624 3588 3448 140 *
2 Arunachal Pradesh# 97 NA 92 NA 5
3 Assam 975 NA 1478 NA *
4 Bihar# 1863 2078 3532 * *
5 Chhattisgarh 755 1510 435 1075 320
6 Goa 19 46 41 5 *
7 Gujarat# 1158 1123 778 345 380
8 Haryana 447 481 342 139 105
9 Himachal Pradesh 472 582 436 146 36
10 Jammu & Kashmir 396 750 845 * *
11 Jharkhand 330 330 407 * *
12 Karnataka 2310 2310 2089 221 221
13 Kerala 809 984 1152 * *
14 Madhya Pradesh 1156 1238 814 424 342
15 Maharashtra## 1811 3618 2760 858 *
16 Manipur 80 238 170 68 *
17 Meghalaya# 109 127 104 23 5
18 Mizoram## 57 57 49 8 8
19 Nagaland 126 NA 99 NA 27
20 Odisha 1226 1317 1069 248 157
21 Punjab 449 496 457 39 *
22 Rajasthan 1528 1824 1755 69  
23 Sikkim 24 48 32 16          
24 Tamil Nadu 1227 2390 2271 119  
25 Tripura# 79 NA 119 NA  
26 Uttarakhand 257 299 205 94  
27 Uttar Pradesh### 3692 4509 2861 1648  
28 West Bengal 909 1807 1006 801  
29 A& N Islands 22 40 33 7  
30 Chandigarh 0 0 0 0  
31 D & N Haveli 6 6 6 0  
32 Daman & Diu 3 3 5 *  
33 Delhi 5 22 22 0  
34 Lakshadweep 4 9 9 0  
35 Puducherry## 24 37 63 NA  
  All India2 24049 31867 28984 6493  
Notes:            
  # Data  for 2011 repeated   ### Data  for 2010 repeated      
  ## data for 2011 repeated for" Sanctioned"      
  NA: Not Available.          

 +:

Allopathic Doctors          

*:

Surplus.All India figures for Vacancy and Shortfall are the totals of State-wise Vacancy and Shortfall ignoring surplus in some States / UTs      

1

One per each Primary Health Centre       
(Source: Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha)  

 

State of infant mortality in India
Sr. No State/UTs SRS 2009 SRS 2010 SRS  2011
India 50 47 44
A. Non-NE High Focus States
1 Bihar 52 48 44
2 Chhattisgarh 54 51 48
3 Himachal Pradesh 45 40 38
4 Jammu & Kashmir 45 43 41
5 Jharkhand 44 42 39
6 Madhya Pradesh 67 62 59
7 Orissa 65 61 57
8 Rajasthan 59 55 52
9 Uttar Pradesh 63 61 57
10 Uttaranchal 41 38 36
B. NE States
11 Arunachal Pradesh 32 31 32
12 Assam 61 58 55
13 Manipur 16 14 11
14 Meghalaya 59 55 52
15 Mizoram 36 37 34
16 Nagaland 26 23 21
17 Sikkim 34 30 26
18 Tripura 31 27 29
C. Non High Focus States
19 Andhra Pradesh 49 46 43
20 Goa 11 10 11
21 Gujarat 48 44 41
22 Haryana 51 48 44
23 Karnataka 41 38 35
24 Kerala 12 13 12
25 Maharashtra 31 28 25
26 Punjab 38 34 30
27 Tamil Nadu 28 24 22
28 West Bengal 33 31 32
D. Union Territories
29 A & N Islands 27 25 23
30 Chandigarh 25 22 20
31 D & N Haveli 37 38 35
32 Daman & Diu 24 23 22
33 Delhi 33 30 28
34 Lakshadweep 25 25 24
35 Pondicherry 22 22 19



State of drinking water in rural areas

Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has informed that according to the information furnished by the states through the online Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) of the ministry, out of a total of about 1,690,870 rural habitations in the country, there are about 84,294 habitations which are “quality affected” (affected by some form of chemical or bacteriological contamination in their drinking water sources).

State-wise list of wetlands identified under National Wetlands Conservation Programme 

Important wetlands identified under protected area and wetland conservation programme

Important National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries visited by migratory birds as per information available with the Ministry

State-wise distribution of large dams 

Details of State-wise Flood Management Schemes approved during XI Plan

State-wise list of water bodies not in use due to dried up as per Third Minor Irrigation Census

List of cities included under UIG (Urban Infrastructure and Governance) sub-mission of JNNURM

Details of projects approved under Urban Local Bodies (ULB) as per the guidelines under JnNURM and for all the Mission cities as on 31ÔÇÉ03ÔÇÉ2012 

State-Wise Releases under Centrally Sponsored Schemes for Protection of Environment

State-wise details of rivers & number of towns covered under NRCP

State-wise details of polluted river stretches 

Funds released by Government of India & Expenditure incurred (including State Government’s share) during the last three years under National River Conservation Plan

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