Kerala tops in 2021 Assembly Sittings
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According to PRS Legislative Research (PRS), Kerala, which slipped to eighth place in the state assembly sittings in 2020 during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, ranks first in 2021.
The Kerala Legislative Assembly met for 61 days in 2021, the highest for any state.
Kerala's performance in 2021 was impressive as the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in this year was higher as compared to the year 2000.
Between 2016 and 2019, Kerala had the distinction of being at the top with an average sitting of 53 days.
The state legislature, Kerala (Left Democratic Front in power since May 2016) promulgated 144 ordinances, the highest in the country last year.
Ordinances are promulgated by governments to take immediate action on any urgent matter during the intervening period of two sessions of the legislature.
Kerala was followed by Odisha - 43 days, Karnataka - 40 days and Tamil Nadu - 34 days.
Sittings in 28 state legislatures and one union territory legislature took place for less than 20 days.
Of them, five - Andhra Pradesh, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura and Delhi Vidhan Sabhas - met for less than 10 days.
The figures for Uttar Pradesh, Manipur and Punjab were 17, 16 and 11 respectively.
Andhra Pradesh with 20 ordinances and Maharashtra with 15 followed Kerala, wherein Bills replacing 33 ordinances became Acts.
Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh also issued ordinances to give effect to budget proposals.
Education was 21% among the subjects covered in the bills passed in 2021, followed by taxation - 12%, local government - 10%, and land and law and order - 4%.
The minimum sitting rule
Manipur, Odisha, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh have laid down a minimum number of sitting days through the Rules of Procedure, varying from 40 days in Punjab to 90 days in Uttar Pradesh.
The minimum sitting should be 60 days as per the conduct of business of Karnataka Government in the State Legislature Act.
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