Punjab Assembly sat just 19 days a year

When it comes to time spent on the floor of the state Assembly, Punjab MLAs performed dismally.

Punjab Vidhan Sabha in four years, on an average, witnessed only 19 days of sitting a year. Uttarakhand, which goes to poll this month along with Punjab, also sat for just 19 days on an average in a year. And despite all the hullabaloo around, Parliament sittings have shrunk amid incessant disruptions. The Parliament performance on this front is better than the five states that go to poll this month and in March.

The current Lok Sabha in the last 2.5 years sat for 208 days which averages to about 77 days in a year. Poll-bound Goa has the maximum average number of sittings per year at 26 days, followed by Manipur 24. Country’s largest state Assembly Uttar  Pradesh sat on an average of 22 days in a year, data released by National Election Watch, an NGO, revealed on Tuesday.

Uttar Pradesh MLAs also earned a poor record of having the least average attendance of MLAs at 20 per cent in the state Assembly. Punjab, despite its low average sittings of the Assembly, had an encouraging attendance of its MLAs at 71 per cent.

The highest average attendance of MLAs was in the Uttarakhand Assembly with an average of 91 per cent.

Punjab cabinet has the highest crorepatis at 83 per cent, followed by Goa and UP with 67 and 37 per cent respectively.

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