Whips` meet recommends more sessions of MLAs
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Last Updated: Thursday, February 11, 2010, 22:35
Chandigarh: Raising the number of sittings of legislatures and training elected members for a meaningful debate were among ten recommendations came up during the All India Whips' Conference here on Thursday.

It also proposed to accord status of minister to chief whips and that of minister of state to whips.

The recommendations were drawn at the conclusion of 15th All India Whips' Conference, organised by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. About 85 delegates from all states, including MPs, chief whips and whips of political parties, attended the meet.

Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Pawan Kumar Bansal, said it was decided that periodic training should be imparted to members on tips for effective debates in institutions like IIMs. There should be study tours, within and outside the country, to learn about working of legislatures elsewhere.

While whips of all parties should be provided with secretarial facilities, chief whips should be accorded the status of minister and whips that of minister of state.

The Minister said research assistance must be provided to members of Houses for better quality of debates in Parliament and legislative bodies.

The Conference would become an institutionalised body with seven members, who would press for effective implementation of its recommendations.


First Published: Thursday, February 11, 2010, 22:35

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