Women MPs outshine men in parliament debates

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New Delhi, May 7 (IANS) Seventy-one percent of women MPs compared to 68 percent of their male counterparts participated in debates on various issues in the 2010 budget session of parliament.

But the participation by both men and women MPs was higher that the previous session, according to an analysis done by PRS Legislative Research, an independent think tank that tracks the functioning of parliament.

The 32-day budget session concluded Friday after it began Feb 22 with a month-long recess.

‘Nearly 54 percent of men and 47 percent of women participated at least once in any debate (in the previous budget session of 2009 that concluded in December),’ the PRS data said.

Besides budget discussions, debates on price rise saw the most participation when 68 MPs spoke on the key issue that also led to several disruptions of the two houses of parliament.

The debate which saw the highest participation from MPs was on the National Green Tribunal Bill, 2009.

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