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Meira Kumar asks law makers to be sincere

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar today cautioned that unless law makers were sincere, the judiciary and the executive could encroach upon areas that legitimately belong to the legislature.



Srinagar: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar
today cautioned that unless law makers were sincere, the
judiciary and the executive could encroach upon areas that
legitimately belong to the legislature.

"If the legislators perform their duties sincerely, the
entire nation is proud of them. If, however, their performance
falls short of expectations, the legislative body is bound to
suffer from performance-deficit, compromising its role as a
law-making and oversight body," Kumar said.

She was addressing a symposium organised as part of the
75th All India presiding officers conference here.

Kumar said, "It is the members` participation and conduct
in the House that determines the standing of the Legislature.
Members` inability to perform the assigned roles in the House
can throw the entire system out of gear, leaving an opening
for other branches of the State to encroach upon the areas
that legitimately belong to the Legislature".

The Lok Sabha Speaker said, "We have shown to the world
that despite the pre-dominance of an oppressive and
discriminatory social structure all through our history, the
Indian soil could germinate concepts and ideas of
republicanism".

She said that when members enter the Chamber of a House,
they are fully aware of the sanctity of the place and their
role in upholding its dignity.

"I strongly believe that all members of a Legislature
strive to be instrumental in promoting the welfare of the
people. They feel very strongly about issues pertaining to
their electorate and want to articulate them in the House.

"Their zeal may sometimes also lead to disruption of
scheduled business of the House. It is my conviction that no
member comes to the Parliament with an intention to disrupt
its proceedings or create disturbances. As Presiding Officers,
it is our responsibility to device measures that give every
member a fair chance to bring to the House concerns about his
or her constituency and national issues," she said.

She said, "We must remember that members are responsible
not only for passing legislations but also for transforming
the society by changing mindsets.

"We have for long had very forward-looking laws for
removing and eradicating social evils-laws against dowry,
against untouchability, against child labour etc., yet we have
not been able to root out these practices from our mindset."

PTI

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