New Delhi: The seventh Delhi meeting witnessed a decline within the variety of sittings held per yr and the standard of points raised by elected representatives in comparison with the sixth Delhi meeting, says a report launched by the Praja Basis Tuesday.
In its report titled ‘Delhi MLA Report Card, 2023’, the non-profit which conducts surveys on governance and civic points additionally notes that a couple of MLAs in Delhi haven’t spoken on a “single concern” within the meeting since their election in 2020.
The findings counsel that there was a 51 p.c lower within the variety of sittings, from 21 on common per yr in the course of the sixth Delhi meeting (2015-20) to 10 on common per yr in the course of the seventh Delhi meeting (from February 2020 until 1 September 2022).
Additional, in 2022, Delhi was ranked 16 of 28 state assemblies when it comes to the variety of sittings held, with solely 15 sittings held that yr.
“Much less variety of sittings has resulted in lesser alternatives for MLAs to attend and deliberate on residents’ points. Consequently, the variety of points raised by Delhi MLAs have additionally been inconsistent since 2015,” the report notes.
It additionally factors out that 10 MLAs didn’t elevate a single concern within the Delhi meeting in 2022 (between 23 March 2022 and 19 January 2023), of which 4 MLAs had been but to lift a single concern since they had been elected in 2020. The 4 MLAs — all of them from the ruling AAP — embody Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan, Sangam Vihar MLA Dinesh Mohaniya, Rajouri Backyard MLA Dhanwati Chandela and Chandni Chowk MLA Parlad Singh Sawhney.
“This was additionally the time when there was no elected physique within the Municipal Company of Delhi from Could 2022 to December 2022. In such a state of affairs, the legislative meeting stays the one platform to successfully elevate problems with public significance,” the report notes.
When ThePrint reached the 4 MLAs in query for remark, Mohaniya mentioned he would remark solely after studying the report, whereas the remaining had been but to reply until the time of publication. This report will likely be up to date if and when the responses are acquired.
Three MLAs who delivered on the evaluation parameters had been all from the BJP with Ghonda MLA Ajay Kumar Mahawar topping the checklist, scoring 83.12 of 100, adopted by Karawal Nagar MLA Mohan Singh Bisht (81.29/100) and Vishwas Nagar MLA Om Prakash Sharma (78.26/100).
Among the many lowest performing MLAs, the underside three had been AAP members with Mohaniya (scoring 5/100) and Khan (13/100) ranked at 61 and 60, respectively, and Matia Mahal MLA Shoaib Iqbal ranked at 59 (14/100). It’s to notice that of the 70 MLAs within the Delhi meeting, Praja Basis assessed the efficiency of 61 — excluding the MLAs who had been then serving as speaker, deputy speaker, chief minister or minister.
In keeping with the report, the variety of points raised within the Delhi meeting, and the attendance of MLAs per yr too witnessed a dip.
For example, in 2017, a complete of 1,116 points had been raised throughout 21 sittings of the meeting, whereas the attendance of Delhi’s elected representatives stood at 87 p.c.
Nevertheless, in 2022 (until 1 September), 872 points had been raised and 15 sittings held, whereas attendance dropped to 83 p.c.
The evaluation for the standard of the problems raised by the elected representatives was primarily based on its significance — revolving round civic points, group welfare, training, well being, transport and air pollution, amongst others.
The typical rating of the significance of points raised, which stood at 38.7 p.c in 2018 and 38.3 p.c in 2022, nevertheless, dropped to 35.9 p.c in 2023, the report suggests.
(Edited by Amrtansh Arora)
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