By Ruma Dubey
Tomorrow, as we wait for the new Cabinet to be announced, here are a few interesting tidbits about the new members of the 17th Lok Sabha, as provided by PRS India.
- The average age of an MP is 54 years.
- The 17th Lok Sabha has 12% of MPs below the age 40 years. This is more than that of the 16th Lok Sabha which had 8% of MPs below the age of 40 years.
- This bucks the longer term trend of Lok Sabha getting older. The proportion of MPs below 40 years of age has steadily declined from 26% in the first Lok Sabha.
- On average, women MPs are 6 years younger compared to male MPs in the 17th Lok Sabha.
- 27% of MPs have studied till 12th class. In comparison, 16th Lok Sabha had 20% MPs who had studied till 12th class.
- Since 1996, at least 75% of representatives of each Lok Sabha have been graduates.
- 716 women candidates contested the General Election. Out of which, 78 women MPs have been elected to the 17th Lok Sabha. In 2014, 62 women MPs were elected.
- The representation of women MPs in Lok Sabha is slowly improving from 5% in the 1st Lok Sabha to 14 % in the 17th Lok Sabha.
- Though the percentage of women MPs has increased over the years, it is still lower in comparison to some countries. These include Rwanda (61%), South Africa (43%), UK (32%), USA (24%), Bangladesh (21%).
- 39% of MPs have listed their occupation as political and social work.
- 38% are engaged in agricultural activities. 23% MPs are businessmen.
- Only 4% of MPs are lawyers.