Ethics committee to monitor conduct of Delhi MLAs

For Delhi MLAs -- getting away with any misconduct will no longer be that easy.

New Delhi: For Delhi MLAs -- getting away
with any misconduct will no longer be that easy.

Delhi Assembly speaker Yoganand Shastri today set up
an ethics committee on the lines of Rajya Sabha to prepare a
code of conduct for the legislators and monitor their
activities -- both inside and outside the House.

"The committee will oversee the moral and ethical
conduct of members and make necessary recommendations if any
member is found guilty of breach of conduct," Shastri told
reporters here.

Rajinder Nagar MLA Ramakant Goswami has been appointed
chairman of the nine-member committee. Other members of the
committee included Narendra Nath, Mukesh Sharma, Barkha Singh,
Hari Shankar Gupta, Harsh Vardhan, O P Babbar and Ravindra
Nath Bansal.

Shastri said he has decided to form the committee to
"maintain highest traditions of parliamentary democracy. MLAs
are expected to observe a certain standard of conduct both
inside and out side the House."

Officials said the allegations against BJP MLA from
Bijwasan Satprakash Rana that he had misbehaved with a Delhi
Jal Board engineer has hastened the decision to form the

Rana had allegedly roughed up a DJB engineer in
October last year following which a delegation of the agency
had approached the government to take appropriate action
against the MLA.

Shastri said he has also appointed two new House
committees -- Committee on Welfare of Other Backward Classes
and Committee on Welfare of Minorities.

He said the Committee on Welfare of SC, ST and OBC
earlier examined all issues relating to welfare of minorities
as well as Other Backward Classes.

The speaker also announced names of members of various
other committees including General Purpose Committee, Business
Advisory Committee, Rules Committee, Library Committee,
Committee on Environment, Public Accounts Committee etc.