The 12th Parliament has not settled down to transact any meaningful business and is unlikely to do so for the rest of the year. Political differences that played out during the election campaigns continue to dog its operations with the opposition National Super Alliance delaying in nominating its members to committees in a calculated move to stall House business.

However, the leadership of Parliament has now closed ranks and is working on proposals to amend the Standing Orders essentially to improve the House operations.

The proposals include expanding the size of the committees to accommodate more members and allow each to sit in at least two of them.

Committees form the basis for parliamentary business under the Constitution.

They play oversight role, scrutinise bills and budgets and advise the House on resolutions to make on issues within given sectors.

However, the committees have been abused and turned into conduits for earning allowances rather than offering services.

Many MPs never really sit in the committees; they only walk in to sign attendance forms to earn allowances and leave without making any contributions, which really amounts to a con game.

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