2014 was the year the 15th Lok Sabha
concluded its term and the 16th Lok Sabha was elected. Please find below
some of the highlights of the year in Parliament.
15th Lok Sabha met for the last time in the Winter Session held in
February. The Session saw extensive disruptions over the issue of
separate statehood for Telangana and the plight of Tamil fishermen. Both
Houses were able to work for less than 30% of their scheduled time. The
Session ended on a low note with an MP using a pepper spray in Lok
Sabha to protest the introduction of The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation
Bill, 2014. 17 MPs were suspended by the Speaker for grave disorder.
2. The 15th Lok Sabha ended its term in June 2014. At the end of its term, 128 Bills remained pending in Parliament-
the largest number of Bills pending at the end of any Lok Sabha. Of
these, 68 Bills were pending in Lok Sabha and lapsed with its
dissolution. 60 Bills, which were pending in Rajya Sabha, were carried
forward to the 16th Lok Sabha.
3. After general elections were held in April-May, Parliament
met for the Introductory Session of the 16th Lok Sabha in June. The
16th Lok Sabha has the highest number of women MPs (11%), the largest
number of MPs over the age of 55 (47%), and a small decrease in MPs with
at least a graduate degree (75%). The single largest profession of MPs
elected to the 16th Lok Sabha was agriculture (27%). 314 MPs (58%) were
elected for the first-time to the Lok Sabha in the 2014 general elections. This was the highest number of first-time MPs elected to the Lok Sabha in the last three decades.