17 days, 20 bills: Telangana assembly held lowest number of sittings in 2020

Telangana assembly worked for 25 days every from 2016 to 2019. Last year the assembly saw the lowest number of working days in the last seven years.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  3 Jun 2021 8:40 AM GMT
17 days, 20 bills: Telangana assembly held lowest number of sittings in 2020

Hyderabad: Telangana assembly saw the lowest number of working days in the last seven years. Around 20 bills were passed in 17 days last year. It is pertinent, following the pandemic the state imposed a strict lockdown for close to 6 months in 2020, reflecting in less working days of the assembly.

The bills passed include allowing agricultural land for non-agricultural purpose, amending existing laws to allow electronic modes of transfer for payment or refund of court fees. Besides, a law to authorize district courts to hear appeals of civil suits of value up to Rs 35 lakh (previously it was Rs 20 lakh), was also passed.

It may be recalled that on average Telangana assembly worked for 25 days every from 2016 to 2019. Last year the assembly saw the lowest number of working days in the last seven years. Before the pandemic, the assembly worked for eight days last year. After the pandemic, it worked for nine days. According to a recent study done by PRS legislative, the below graphs indicates the functioning of 19 state assemblies.



High drama was witnessed in the assembly last year. It started with TRS demanding Bharat Ratna for late Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao-led TRS government went all guns blazing to get crucial decisions ratified in the monsoon session of the Legislative Assembly that began on September 7.

Telangana abolition of posts of village revenue officers Act, 2020, Telangana Rights in Land and Pattadar Pass Books Act, 2020, and Telangana Agricultural land (Conversion for non-agricultural purposes) (Amendment) Act, 2020 were some of the laws passed to revamp the revenue system and introduce land reforms in the state.

Acts enacted in 2020

The government also enacted 18 laws in 2020. It included increasing the number of seats reserved for women in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation to 50 percent. Telangana government also increased the limit of annual incremental guarantees (of borrowings of state public sector enterprises) from 90 percent of the total revenue receipts of the previous year to 200 percent.

After passing Telangana Disaster and Public Health Emergency (Special Provisions) Act, 2020, the government issued orders deferring the salaries of MLAs, MLCs, and Ministers. The law allows the state government to defer any payment to any person or institution in the event of a public health emergency or disaster


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