Parliament’s average annual sitting days down to 55 in the 17th Lok Sabha from 135 in the first

Syllabus: GS-II

Subject: Polity

Topic: Legislature

Issue: Sessions in Parliament.

Context: The average annual sitting days of the 17th Lok Sabha, are only 55 days on average, whereas the first Lok Sabha sat for 274 days.

Parliamentary Sessions in India:

1.      India does not have a fixed parliamentary calendar. By convention (i.e. not provided by the Constitution), 3 sessions are held per year.

2.     The President summons each House of the Parliament from time to time. The gap between the two sessions of the Parliament cannot exceed 6 months.

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