Make law to ensure at least 100 days of Parliament sittings: Sitaram Yechury

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury has called for enacting a law to ensure there is at least 100 days of active presence of members in the House.

Published: 22nd July 2017 06:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd July 2017 07:20 PM   |  A+A-

CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury | PTI file photo

By PTI

BHOPAL: Expressing concern over the dwindling number of working days in Parliament, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury has called for enacting a law to ensure there is at least 100 days of active presence of members in the House.

This will make sure that the government of the day is held accountable for its actions and policies, and members get enough time to deliberate on key issues, the Rajya Sabha member said last night.

He was delivering the Comrade Shailendra Shelly Memorial Lecture here.

"In the last 2-3 years, Parliament sittings were not held for more than 60 to 70 days (in a year). In such a scenario, how the government will be held accountable?" the 64-year-old Left leader asked. he noted.

The CPI(M) criticised the NDA government over its economic policies, saying they are responsible for the widening disparity between the poor and the rich.

The pace of this disparity has increased during the Modi government than what it was when the Congress-led UPA was in power, the veteran Parliamentarian said.

"Going by it (the pre-poll promise), by now the government should have provided six crore jobs, but figures (job data) are telling a different story."

On the issue of farmers, Yechury said their condition is miserable and they are forced to commit suicide.

Referring to rising cases of cow vigilantism, he said those resorting to violence in the name of cow protection have utter disregard for law and the states should take strong action against them.

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