Uphold dignity of legislature: Meira to presiding officers

Meira Kumar lighting the lamp to inaugurate the 76th Conference of the presiding officers in Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha, Jaipur, on Wednesday.  DH photo

The Speaker’s comments came  during her inaugural address at the two-day 76th Conference of Presiding Officers of legislative Bodies in India here, in the Rajasthan legislative Assembly.

Kumar said in the six decades of its functioning, the parliamentary system had established sound precedents and traditions and reinforced ‘our democracy’. She highlighted the need for regular and meaningful scrutiny of its functioning to make it infallible.

 The issues being raised at the conference, Kumar said, had a crucial bearing on the country’s parliamentary democratic system. She said discussions would be held on determination of maximum period for assent to bills passed by the legislature, role of the legislature in scrutinizing and making laws, good governance and era of coalition government – its compulsions and challenges. A  symposium  on ‘Strengthening Constitutional Scheme of Checks and Balances’ would also be held, she added.

Recapitulating some of the significant developments that had taken place in different sessions of the 15th Lok Sabha, the Speaker said price rise, illegal mining in states, constitution of a joint committee on 2-G spectrum facilitating the passage of rail budget and general budget without the scrutiny of  Standing Committee were taken up. 

Similarly, the matters of urgent public importance like CWG 2010, situation arising out of widespread corruption and issues relating to setting up a Lokpal were discussed in the House. The Speaker recalled  the US President Barack Obama’s addressed to members of both the houses in the Central Hall of Parliament on November 8, 2010. 

She said Mahatma Gandhi was his inspiration and referred to Obama’s lavish praise for India’s strong and vibrant democracy. She expressed  happiness over the organization of Presiding Officers Conference for the third time in Rajasthan. 

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