With 19 members of parliament sworn in as ministers of state on July 5, most analysts have focused on the reasons behind their selection, and the caste and regional arithmetic that might have driven Prime Minister Narendra Modi to induct them into his ministry. Whatever their qualifications as administrators, most of them appear to have been not just good but exemplary parliamentarians in terms of attendance and participation in debates.
The table below, compiled by PRS Legislative Research, provides a picture of their activity in Parliament during the period of either the current Lok Sabha, with the last row indicating the average for all Lok Sabha MPs, or during the tenure of the six new ministers who are Rajya Sabha members. “As each of them started their tenure on different dates, their activity would depend on the length of the current term till now, PRS notes.
Apart from Subhash Bhambre, the new minister from Maharashtra, all of those who entered the council of ministers on Tuesday have a better than average record of attendance. Five have a higher rate of participation in debates than the average and asked more questions than the average MP.