MP Legislative Assembly less sensitive towards children’s issues: Research Study

NC Correspondent
Bhopal:  After spending almost Rs. 1.4 cr per day in nearly 167 days in session and 17 sessions, the members of the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly raised only 9.49% questions on issues related to children, showcasing the government’s lesser sensitive approach towards them.

This data was revealed by a research study conducted by ace journalist of the state Amitabh Pandey in collaboration with Vikas Samvad, an organization working on the issues related to women and children. The study was conducted on the question hour of the 13th Legislative Assembly (2008-2013) sessions. This study was presented by Amitabh Pandey in Bhopal on Tuesday. 

According to the research, off the total 54,590 questions asked during the question hour of the assembly, only 4091 were related to children. Only 160 questions (0.37%) were raised on health facilities catering to children, 648 (0.80%) on nutrition, 229 (0.53%) on security and 3054 (7.08%) on education were raised, the study mentions.

“If the data is analysed on the basis of the political parties, the ruling BJP put up 1982 questions, Congress raised 1727 questions while BSP voiced only 196 questions during the session which were directly, indirectly and closely related to the gen next. The independent candidates raised only 81 questions,” Pandey said.

Interestingly, even in the current assembly session, the condition remains the same. “In the six day session held till now, nearly 1889 questions were raised out of which only 81 were related to children,” Amitabh said, adding, “This shows how insensitive the elected representatives of the assembly are towards issues related to children.” 

The study also highlights some answers commonly used to avoid an inconvenient question during the session.

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