Parliaments past, a mirror to changing dynamics

Syllabus: GS II, Subject: Polity, Topic: Legislature, Issue: Sessions of Parliament

Context: 17th Lok Sabha (2019-2024) concluded.

Analysis of 17th Lok Sabha:

  • Only a few were answered by the Prime Minister’s Office, suggesting diminished interest in executive accountability.
  • Ministries of Health and Family welfare and Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare are now top priorities, receiving increased scrutiny from representatives.
  • Declining interest in national security and internal affairs.
  • The Ministry of Finance is improving transparency and accountability.
  • Education remains a top concern, facing rigorous questioning in parliamentary discourse.
  • While disallowed questions decrease in the Lok Sabha, they consistently rise in the Rajya Sabha, indicating oversight challenges.
  • Increased usage of interventions like Zero Hour signals a focus on urgent issues and government accountability.


Legislative engagement must be revitalized to ensure accountability and prioritize national welfare.

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