PRS Legislative Research

PRS Legislative Research

PRS Legislative Research

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PRS Legislative Research (PRS) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan research initiative based in New Delhi, India. It aims to strengthen the legislative debate by making it better informed, more transparent and participatory. Founded in 2005, PRS is the first initiative of its kind in India.


Each Member of Parliament (MP) in India represents over two million constituents. Each year, the Indian Parliament passes an average of 60 Bills. Thus, MPs are required to legislate on a range of issues over a short period of time. In such a context, support for their work in Parliament becomes essential to help them make better informed decisions. However, there is no dedicated research staff or institutional support for each MP.

Research Services and Activities

Research Support to MPs

PRS boils down 40-page Bills into four-to-six pages of bullet points and analysis, stripped of legalese and partisanship. They highlight key points and provide context—the product of a month of research and interviews with stakeholders, outside experts and the government officials who drafted the Bills. These Legislative Briefs channelise diverse stakeholder inputs for a better understanding of issues.

In its research, PRS makes no recommendations and is guided by the principle of non-partisanship. Since its inception, PRS has directly briefed MPs from over 20 political parties from both the treasury and opposition benches.<ref...
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