Chakshu Roy

The writer is head of outreach PRS Legislative Research.

Articles By Chakshu Roy

A referee less partisan

Blame for politicisation of the Speaker’s office lies with the anti-defection law.

Parliamentary disruption has become the norm, this Lok Sabha mirrors the decline

In the last decade, MPs have raised slogans, snatched papers from ministers and used pepper spray in the House.

‘Private’ efforts at legislation: How they are made, how often they succeed

How are private member’s Bills introduced and discussed? What chance does such a Bill have of becoming law?

How Rajya Sabha elects Deputy Chairperson

For only position elected solely by Upper House members, process is simple, contests have been rare.

The story of no-confidence

After 15 years, Lok Sabha will debate a motion of no-confidence today. What is this Parliamentary test? Which earlier Prime Ministers have faced this motion, and how did they fare in those tests?

Rules for the Elders

Rajya Sabha committee must look beyond the symptoms of dysfunction.

Explained: How 220 MLAs will vote for or against BS Yeddyurappa today

The Indian Express explain rules for floor test, and selection and role of pro tem Speaker

How the current impeachment law for removal of judges was shaped

Lok Sabha’s attempt to lay down the procedure for removal of a judge in 1964 did not bear fruit as it was dissolved following the completion of its term. An impeachment law was finally enacted in 1968.

Parliament in 2017: A mixed year in the two Houses

Parliament in 2017 was marked by disruptions, delays and comparatively less discussion on national issues — but also, the passing of key Bills.

An Oversight Problem

For now, Parliament is ill-equipped to oversee economic issues in an integrated way

When Parliament meets

The Constitution that came into force in 1950 required Parliament to be summoned twice in a year, with a gap of no more than six months between its sessions.

Monsoon Session ends today; only 9 Bills out of 25 passed by Houses

Disruptions reduced the time for deliberations; Session had its share of controversies as well. Lok Sabha worked for approximately 70% of its scheduled time, and Rajya Sabha for about 73%.

A House For Mr Naidu

Perhaps the biggest challenge for the new vice president will be to assume a non-partisan role while managing the functioning of the House. The new VP will need to have the confidence of MPs on both sides of the aisle. He will have to play the arbiter between political parties and set the benchmark for non-partisan conduct.

A Great Figurehead

Let us hope that India’s new President, like others before, will rise to the office

Lost in implementation

Overhaul rulemaking process to prevent government bypassing the will of Parliament

What ex-MPs get, what issues pension debate raises

Ex-MPs can travel free in AC First Class of any train when travelling alone, and in AC Second Class with a companion, both for free.

Enemy property: what it is, how the new law changes its status

The Defence of India Acts were temporary laws that ceased to operate after the wars ended.

Budgeting For Democracy

Parliament needs more funds for research, infrastructure and digital outreach

Listening to the President speak: Law, Pakistan, Corruption — 1952 to 2016

An analysis of the contents of the President’s Address to both Houses of Parliament over the years.

Should Hear Them

It’s time parliamentary panels open their doors when witnesses testify.