The monsoon session of Parliament has finished two days ahead of schedule. Our national legislature passed four laws in a lacklustre session dominated more by political drama than deliberation. Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha witnessed acrimonious scenes, which led to the suspension of 27 Members of Parliament (MPs). The two Houses will now be on a break till they meet again in a few months for the winter session. But that does not mean that Parliament will not be functional. Its committees that form the backbone of its functioning will be working during this intersession period.
These committees, among other things, are responsible for strengthening Parliament's ability to examine laws. Their inputs help improve the bills brought in by the government. Currently, only two bills are undergoing scrutiny by parliamentary committees. One is examining the legislative issue of increasing women's marriage age. And the most recent one is the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2022, which enables electricity distribution companies to use the network of other distribution companies to supply electricity to consumers.