Presiding officers` conference concludes

The national conference of presiding officers of legislative bodies chaired by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar concluded here today.

Last Updated: Jun 21, 2010, 22:51 PM IST

Srinagar: The national conference of
presiding officers of legislative bodies chaired by Lok Sabha
Speaker Meira Kumar concluded here today with the passage of a
resolution seeking to evolve a uniform committee system to
secure accountability of the Executive to the Legislature.

"The conference re-emphasizes the need and significance
of committee system for securing accountability of the
executive to the legislatures through in-depth scrutiny of
budget, monitoring and review of performance of the ministries
and departments of the government," the resolution passed at
the two-day conference said.

The system makes government spending and working more
transparent besides facilitating detailed scrutiny of
legislative proposals and examination of policy initiatives of
the government, it said.

The Conference noted that though the committee system has
been widely acclaimed as the best suited device for asserting
Parliamentary scrutiny and control over the Executive, it has
not yet been implemented in many legislatures in the country,
the resolution said.

It said the Conference further noted that notwithstanding
the universal acknowledgment of benefits of Committee system,
its functioning and efficacy is not uniform in all
legislatures across the country.

The Conference firmly believed that legislatures can be
successful only if they have an effective Committee system in
place.

The Conference desired that the committee system, in
particular the Standing Committees, be implemented in all
Legislatures in the country expeditiously.

The Conference also desired that urgent measures be taken
for removal of inadequacies, wherever prevailing, in the
existing Committee systems.

With a view to making the Committees independent in the
true sense of the term, Ministers should not be Chairpersons
of the Committees, the participants at the conference felt.

The Conference finally resolved that based on the
experience of Parliamentary Committees, as far as practicable,
all Legislatures in India may adopt a uniform Committees
system.

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar later adjourned the
Conference sine-die after announcing that the next edition of
the event shall be held in Rajasthan in 2011.

PTI