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Karnataka State Assembly Met For Highest Number Of Days In 2022: Report

According to PRS legislative report, 56 per cent of the bills were passed on the same day of introduction while the same number was 44 per cent in 2021

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The state legislature of Karnataka, West Bengal and Kerala have met most of the time in a year, while Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura state assemblies commenced for the least days, as per a report released by PRS legislative research. 

Notably, 61 per cent of these sittings were done during budget sessions and the rest 40 per cent of the sittings were in either monsoon or winter sessions. Although the budget session is the most productive session that witnesses deliberations and discussions. 

According to the report, on average 20 states remained sitting in the assembly for an average of five hours. Among all states, Maharashtra remained sitting for five hours while Sikkim assemble met just for two hours on average. 

The report further claimed, “Average sitting days have declined steadily from 2016 to 2022, with a dip in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Sitting days were reduced the most in Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, and Goa. Three states, Haryana, Punjab, and Tripura, have not met for more than 20 days in any year since 2016.”

The report has noted the number of regulations on which the legislature works and its member functions. The state assemblies are commenced after the summons of governors and end after the issuance of prorogation but the report suggests that many state assemblies did not prorogate throughout the year as they have long gaps in their adjournment between sittings. 

Rajasthan, West Bengal and Delhi are a few states which ran without the standard rules set by the legislature. 

As the budget session has witnessed most of the engagement, the report showed that on average the states discussed the budget for eight days, among which Tamil Nadu spent almost 28 days deliberating the budget.

In 2022, state legislatures passed more than 500 bills on various subjects including land, labour and social justice, the report highlighted. 

It added that 56 per cent of the bills were passed on the same day of introduction while the same number was 44 per cent in 2021.

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