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BJD MP Jay Panda says he will return salary proportional to time wasted in Parliament

While Lok Sabha worked for just 19 hours losing 92 hours, the Rajya Sabha did slightly better working for 22 hours and losing more than 86.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 18, 2016 11:26 am
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Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Baijayant Panda made quite an impression on Twitter and in political circles when he announced that he would return a part of his salary proportional to the time wasted or lost in the recently-concluded winter session of Parliament. Panda was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Kendrapara constituency in Odisha.

His tweet, that was re-tweeted over 2,100 times, invited a lot of praise on the micro-blogging platform with many saying he was setting high standards for people in public office.

The winter session was a near-washout with the row over demonetisation dominating most of it. Although a debate on the issue was initiated in both Houses, it never reached a logical conclusion with frequent disruptions and exchange of allegations between the government and the opposition.

With no major business being transacted except the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill passed unanimously in both Houses, Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari said all sections of the House need to introspect on the distinction between dissent, disruption and agitation. While Lok Sabha worked for just 19 hours losing 92 hours, the Rajya Sabha did slightly better working for 22 hours and losing more than 86. Figures released by the Lok Sabha secretariat showed this was the lowest during the term of the current Lok Sabha in terms of hours, while data from PRS Legislative Research showed that productivity hit a low in percentage terms, too, during the same period.

“Rajya Sabha worked only for 21 per cent of the time it was scheduled to. In the case of Lok Sabha, the working time was even lower, just 17 per cent,” said Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar.

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  1. Ashutosh Sahu
    Dec 18, 2016 at 9:37 am
    Oooo I mean statement only for TRP
    1. Haradhan Mandal
      Dec 18, 2016 at 2:26 pm
      Whom he is trying to impress., the internet crowd of India? How and how much he contributes or contributed in uplifting the tribal belts in Odisha - so far? Does he not think that privileges he enjoys as MP Fan AR is an obscene amount and privileges when compared withS what he contributes as MP whether parliament is in session or not? and an obscene amount given the extreme poverty in his state?
      1. P
        Dec 18, 2016 at 6:16 am
        Well done Sir !!!lt;br/gt;Hope others will also have some shame...and will follow the suit..
        1. A
          Dec 18, 2016 at 10:04 am
          If he means what he says id say WOW.Is he the MP who stood out on the 'Parliament Canteen controversy where highly subsidized food was being served. He normally talks sense and has clear positions on issues irrespective of Party. Pity his Party has many corrupt folk. Im sure he will get duly picked up for some signficant task
          1. A
            Dec 18, 2016 at 11:45 am
            They buy enough in india and abroad...that their 7 generations does not have to work.
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