New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that everyone needed to work together to take India forward.
Addressing the 'Speaker Research Initiative' programme at Parliament House Annexe, the PM said, “people have high hopes from us, so we need to do a lot for them.”
At the same time, he pointed out that just making speeches in Parliament will not do any good.
India has attained such a stature that the decisions taken here can have impact globally, he said, in comments which came against the backdrop of some key reforms measures being stuck because of non-functioning of Parliament and resistance by opposition to certain legislations like Land bill and GST.
"Howsoever big an issue may be, usually we put our views on the basis of party's thinking and regional considerations. That is also important. But India has now attained a stature that the entire world closely observes our decisions," Modi said.
Emphasising the need for Parliamentarians to take a larger view of an issue, he said, "If we go with an open mind and make an effort to understand an issue without any pre-conceived notion, then we can start to see issues from a new perspective," as per PTI.
PM Modi added that regional considerations and global dimension should be considered while taking decisions as these may have impact internationally.
"Today we cannot decide in isolation in a globalised world. Decisions need to be taken in the context of global situation. Suddenly, gold prices may fall or there may be a particular situation in Greece. We cannot say that 'it is happening somewhere else'. We have to see the context and assess whether there is impact on us. It is necessary to address our needs by combining these two aspects through the important medium of Parliament. Whatever rules or laws we make should be on the basis of these two aspects," he said.
Modi said some MPs have "mastery" over Parliamentary procedures and immediately point out rules to make their point and in this context, he praised Trinamool Congress leader Saugata Roy, who was present. "I do not find faults with that," he said.
The function was attended mostly by MPs from BJP as also TMC and some other parties.
From the main Opposition, Shashi Tharoor was the lone MP to attend it.
'Speaker Research Initiative' will be an interactive platform where the MPs will interact with the experts.
A core group has been formed to provide balanced inputs and information in the form of backgrounders that are prepared for the members.
A decision to set up the Speaker's Research Initiative came after many first-time MPs told Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan that they needed more information on certain issues which were being debated in the House.
(With Agency inputs)