In the current session, disruptions had cost 16 per cent time, a "shocking" 41.6 per cent in the previous one, and 18.95 per cent in the Lok Sabha that was voted in 2004.
"Legislation is the first and foremost responsibility of a Parliamentarian," he said, reminding lawmakers that nobody had thrust the job on them.
"No one who holds any elected office has been invited by the voters to occupy that office. Each one has gone to the voters and pleaded for their votes and support. The trust placed by the people in the political system and those elected should not be betrayed," he said.
"When they (legislatures) cease to function effectively, issues spill out onto the streets. The very basis of our democracy gets undermined," he cautioned.
In an apparent reference to DMK and AIADMK legislators coming to blows during Chief Minister E Palaniswami's trust vote in the Tamil Nadu assembly last month, President Mukherjee continued: "Our Legislatures and Parliament must not turn into arenas for combat. Floor tests are not meant to be muscle tests".