Shorter sessions of Parliament and State legislatures: Why it is a problem and how to deal with it?

GS(M) - Paper II Indian Polity - Probable Question: The sessions of Parliament and State legislatures in the past have been shortened, delayed or even ‘merged’. This has adversely affected the functioning of the government. Explore some solutions to the problem of irregular sessions.

The legitimacy of the government in a democracy is derived from constant scrutiny by elected representatives. There is an urgent need to make necessary and long pending changes to strengthen the system and ensure that key institutions such as Parliament and State legislatures are able to perform their roles more effectively.
The lawmaking and financial functions of Parliament are primarily to examine and endorse government proposals. Parliament also has the important role of holding the government to account for its actions. But this argument presupposes frequent sittings of Parliament.

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