Make parl system perfect, scrutinise it: Speaker

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 17:45

Jaipur: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Wednesday
highlighted the need for regular and meaningful scrutiny of
the functioning of Parliamentary system to make it
"infallible".

"During more than six decades of its functioning, our
parliamentary system has established sound precedents and
traditions and has reinforced our democracy as a whole. But,
still aberrations do creep into the system," Kumar said at the
inaugural session of 76th `Conference of Presiding Officers of
Legislative Bodies in India` at Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha.

"Adjournment and disturbances interrupt the legislative
proceedings. Hence, regular and meaningful scrutiny of its
functioning is essential to make it infallible," she said.

Effective functioning of Parliament is an important
prerequisite for achieving goals of democratic governance, she
said.

Pointing that coalition governments have become a feature
of Indian politics, she said such governments are facing
several challenges and compulsions.

"The Indian experience shows that coalitions have not
been alien to our soil. Though the emergence of coalition was
delayed in our country, however, in view of the inherent
intricacies of mounting socio-political concerns and the
process of evolving consensus we have been facing in present
circumstances, this system appears to be a likely solution,"
she said.

"We have a more than a decade`s experience of coalition
government. Nevertheless, the coalition governments have their
own compulsions and challenges..," the Speaker said.

Emphasising the importance of well-drafted legislation,
the Speaker said it is not easy to enact a law since it passes
through a well-defined process.

"The task of reviewing, examining and discussing the
proposed legislation and giving it final shape is immensely
important. The enactment of law is not as easy as one thinks
...it passes through a well-defined procedure," she said.

Highlighting the importance of the conference, Kumar said
the conference of presiding officers has evolved into a lively
and powerful forum for debate and discussions.

"The aim of holding such a conference is to focus on the
problems we face while functioning in our system and to help
make it more responsive and resilient to the changing need of
the society," she added.

The event will also include a symposium on `Strengthening
the Constitutional Scheme of Checks and Balances` on September
23, which will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
The state is hosting this conference for the third time
after 1957 and 1978.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 17:45

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