Parliament usually meets for its winter session in the third week of November. It is the last session of the parliamentary calendar, and generally, in this session, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha meet anywhere between 18 and 21 working days. But our national legislature is mostly in recess during the year. For example, the monsoon session ended in the first week of August, with a gap of three months before the winter session.
Even though the two Houses are in recess does not mean that parliamentary activity comes to a standstill. It is during this intervening period that committees of Parliament do the critical task of scrutinising the work of ministries and analysing bills and budgetary proposals.