LS Speaker, RS Chairman bemoan loss of Parliament`s time

LS Speaker Meira Kumar and RS Chairman Hamid Ansari asked members to introspect on the functioning of both the Houses.

New Delhi: Qver session-long logjam
of Parliament, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and Rajya Sabha
Chairman Hamid Ansari on Monday asked members to introspect on the functioning of both the Houses.

"Personally it has been a sad experience for me and I hope
Parliament functions smoothly in future," Kumar said.

Making his displeasure known, Ansari said, "All sections
of the House would perhaps introspect on the record of this
session to seek the distinction between dissent,
remonstration, agitation and disruption."

"No debates or discussions on matters of public interest
took place; no special mentions were made or laid on the
table; no zero hour interventions were sought; no questions
were answered orally and no supplementary questions were
raised," he said.

The Speaker also spoke in similar vein and reminded
members of their responsibility to ensure that people`s faith
in democratic system is kept intact.

"We are a mature Parliamentary democracy. Parliament is a
forum to debate and sort out the differences. Our Parliament
has many mechanisms to arrive at a consensus," she said.

Kumar said the time lost by Parliament, could have been
used more meaningfully to the benefit of people whom the
members represent.

The winter session of Parliament ended today without
transacting any substantial business, going down in history as
the only session virtually washed out due to standoff between
the government and Opposition over 2G spectrum scam.

Amid the pandemonium, the government managed to get its
financial bills involving supplementary demands for about Rs
46,000 crore passed.

Parliament could function barely for a few hours during
the 23 sittings which began on November 9, as the united
Opposition forced adjournments almost everyday, within
minutes of assembling.

Opposition members trooping into the well and shouting
slogans demanding JPC probe into the 2G spectrum allocation
became a daily routine in both Houses.

Normalcy was seen in the Lok Sabha only on the first day
of the session on November 9, when the Rajya Sabha was
adjourned because of death of a sitting member.

PTI

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