Mumbai MLAs’ poor report card: Lesser questions asked, dip in attendance

Mumbai: Out of 36 legislators of Mumbai, 32 have asked lesser questions in comparison to the previous year in the six-year term. This has been revealed by a report card of MLAs released by the Praja Foundation on Tuesday.

According to Indian Express, the report pointed out that in the previous term, legislators in their second year (2012) asked a total of 11,049 questions, while in the ongoing term, the legislators in their second year (2017) asked only 6,199 questions. Besides, it also shows that the average score of legislators attendance has been reduced from 9.68 in 2016 to 9.19 in 2017.

“This means that not only have MLAs attended the assembly less frequently, the questions this year have largely not been relevant to their own areas of responsibility. They need to raise more issues, as well as raise the right issues in order to fulfill this responsibility,” Nitai Mehta, Founder and Managing Trustee of Praja Foundation, an NGO working towards bringing accountability in governance.

Right to Information was used to collect information on parameters such as attendance, questions asked, quality of questions and criminal record. For parameters based on perception, information was collected through a survey commissioned by Praja to research organisation Hansa Research.

“Such a high percentage of chargesheeted MLAs indicates that we have a long way to go when it comes to reducing criminalisation of politics. It raises a question mark on whether elected representatives are fulfilling their promise of probity in public life,” said Milind Mhaske, Project Director at Praja Foundation.

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