Parliamentary Productivity Index: Measuring Disruptions in the Indian Parliament

Reports by Public Law · February 9, 2017
Author(s): Arghya Sengupta, Kaushiki Sanyal, Rajesh Chakrabarti and Medha Srivastava

In July 2016, The Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy released a report titled “Disruptions in the Indian Parliament”. This report attempted to study the structural and substantive reasons behind the disruptive activity observed in its sessions. This report also studied the cross-jurisdictional practices relating to Parliamentary practice and procedure, as well as the debates conducted in these countries, wherever accessible. It identified some key reasons why disruptions are so prevalent, and suggested reformatory measures to move towards higher levels of productivity and constructive debate in Parliament.

 

As a follow up to the earlier report, the second part to this report seeks to create an index, which measures the quantitative and qualitative aspects of Parliamentary debate. It also examines the rationale and intuition for the index as well as the modes for measuring the quantity of time spent for carrying out Parliamentary work, the qualitative aspects of Parliamentary productivity and then attempts to measure productivity over a period of 100 days. This report also suggests measures to identify the most disruptive Members of Parliament. The purpose of this report is to highlight disruptions in Parliament and make them a mass public concern, as well as to simultaneously disincentivise disruptions caused by Members of Parliament. The aim of the report is to encourage meaningful debate that is publicly acceptable and politically rewarding.

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About Arghya Sengupta:

Arghya is the Founder and Research Director at Vidhi. His areas of specialisation are constitutional law and regulation of the digital economy. He has served on a number of government committees including most recently the Justice B.N. Srikrishna-led committee of experts on a data protection framework for India. Arghya has a number of academic publications on the Supreme Court, Parliament, fundamental rights in leading law journals such as Law Quarterly Review and Public Law. He is also a columnist at The Telegraph, The Hindustan Times and The Times of India. He has most recently authored a book "Independence and Accountability of the Indian Higher Judiciary" (Cambridge, 2019) which builds on his doctoral work at Oxford University. Prior to founding Vidhi, he was at Oxford as a Lecturer in Administrative Law at Pembroke College. Link to full bio


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