Birla calls for uniform rules for state assemblies, Lok Sabha



Stating that there is a need to bring in reforms, Lok
Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Friday informed that his office has initiated the
process for framing common legislative regulations and protocols for the
functioning of all state assemblies and the Lok Sabha.

Interacting with media persons at the state assembly
complex, Porvorim, Birla called for amendment to the Rules of Procedure and
Conduct of Business in House and the Lok Sabha to bring about uniformity in the
rules and protocols.

“A committee led by Speakers of the state assemblies has
been constituted. The committee has been
deliberating on the matter. We will put new procedure, rules, and protocols
before the Parliament. The same will also have to be passed in state assemblies
with majority. There should be a common set of rules and procedures. The way of
functioning should be common,” Birla said.

He said that two other committees have also been
constituted to suggest ways for making the best use of information technology
in Parliament and for running it smoothly.

He said the committees are expected to submit their
reports by the end of this month.

Rules and protocols are also needed to deter lawmakers
from entering the well, Birla reckoned, adding that everybody has the freedom
of expression. There should be arguments and discussions, but there should be
some rules or protocols on lawmakers entering the well.

“We will put effort towards this also. The House should
function and there should not be disruption of the proceedings,” the Lok Sabha
Speaker said.

Stating that short sessions of state assemblies have been
a matter of concern, Birla said that he will hold discussions with Chief
Ministers of all states and try to push them to meet at least 60 days in a year
in sessions.

Earlier in the day, Birla addressed the sitting as well
as former MLAs on the ‘role of Parliament in the doctrine of separation of
powers: enhancing transparency and accountability’ at the state assembly
complex, Porovrim.

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, state legislative assembly
Speaker Rajesh Patnekar were also present on the occasion.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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