Make parl system perfect, scrutinise it: Speaker

Jaipur: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Wednesday highlighted the need for regular and meaningful scrutiny of the functioning of Parliamentary system to make it "infallible".

"During more than six decades of its functioning, our parliamentary system has established sound precedents and traditions and has reinforced our democracy as a whole. But, still aberrations do creep into the system," Kumar said at the inaugural session of 76th 'Conference of Presiding Officers of Legislative Bodies in India' at Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha.

"Adjournment and disturbances interrupt the legislative proceedings. Hence, regular and meaningful scrutiny of its functioning is essential to make it infallible," she said.

Effective functioning of Parliament is an important prerequisite for achieving goals of democratic governance, she said.

Pointing that coalition governments have become a feature of Indian politics, she said such governments are facing several challenges and compulsions.

"The Indian experience shows that coalitions have not been alien to our soil. Though the emergence of coalition was delayed in our country, however, in view of the inherent intricacies of mounting socio-political concerns and the process of evolving consensus we have been facing in present circumstances, this system appears to be a likely solution," she said.

"We have a more than a decade's experience of coalition government. Nevertheless, the coalition governments have their own compulsions and challenges..," the Speaker said.

Emphasising the importance of well-drafted legislation, the Speaker said it is not easy to enact a law since it passes through a well-defined process.

"The task of reviewing, examining and discussing the proposed legislation and giving it final shape is immensely important. The enactment of law is not as easy as one thinks passes through a well-defined procedure," she said.

Highlighting the importance of the conference, Kumar said the conference of presiding officers has evolved into a lively and powerful forum for debate and discussions.

"The aim of holding such a conference is to focus on the problems we face while functioning in our system and to help make it more responsive and resilient to the changing need of the society," she added.

The event will also include a symposium on 'Strengthening the Constitutional Scheme of Checks and Balances' on September 23, which will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. The state is hosting this conference for the third time after 1957 and 1978.