Legislative Scrutiny through Departmentally Related Standing Committees: Issue of Rural Employment in the Fourteenth Lok Sabha
- Md. Rahat Hasan
The volume and complexity of legislation, the demands on the time of parliamentarians and Parliament’s preoccupation with the politics of the moment make it difficult to give legislative business the attention it requires. The decline in sitting of Parliament, quality debate and passing the bill without much discussion do not necessarily mean that there has no Parliamentary scrutiny at all. Away from the media glare, Parliament does a lot of its serious study of Bills through what are known as ‘Departmentally Related Standing Committees’ (DRSCs). Parliamentary Committees, in fact, work as ‘mini legislatures’ helping Parliament in scrutinizing legislative as well as executive actions. The Fourteenth Lok Sabha had taken special measures to reinforce its links with the common people. These were clearly manifest in the path-breaking National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, and the passing of the Unorganised Sector Worker’s Social Security Bill, 2007. The Committee on Rural Development and Committee on Labour and Employment were instrumental in making both important legislations through comprehensive examination.
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