New Delhi : Over one-fourth of the MPs gave a miss to the budget session of the Lok Sabha so far. The data put on the Lok Sabha website shows that on an average 144 MPs did not sign the attendance register during the first nine days of session as against the total 544 members in the House.
The current session began on February 23 and continues till May 23, with a recess in between from March 17 to April 24. The MPs are supposed to sign the attendance registers kept in the lobbies to draw daily allowance of Rs 2,000 per day during the session.
The data worked out on the basis of the attendance registers may not be accurate on the absentee MPs as some may not have signed. For instance, many ministers did not sign and they include not only Prime Minister Narendra Modi but also ministers like Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Nitin Gadkari.
Date-wise chart of the absentees:
February 23 161
February 24 149
February 25 113
February 29 109
March 1 115
March 2 132
March 3 161
March 4 196