HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has asked the members of the state Assembly to inculcate leadership qualities from Lord Rama to serve people while parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu had asked the MLAs to debate and discuss issues relating to people in the lawmaking bodies instead of disrupting the proceedings of the House.
Interestingly, Venkaiah also invoked Lord Rama to stress upon the point that discipline is every important for politicos.
The two veteran politicians from the state tried to give some tips to the first-time MLAs by sharing with them their vast political experience during the first day session of the two-day orientation programme for the legislators of the Assembly, which began on Friday at a five-star hotel here to impart best Parliamentary practices to the MLAs.
Inaugurating the training programme, Chandrababu Naidu said the programme is mainly intended to acquaint the newly elected members with procedures of the House.
‘’Lord Rama is known for speaking less and wearing smile on his face. He has passion for serving the poor. We should inculcate these qualities from him,” Naidu told the MLAs.
Stating that Saint Valimiki created Rama with pleasant smile only to convey us a message that a leader should always work to keep people happy, Naidu asked the legislators to try to keep themselves always in a cheerful mood.
While recalling his memories as the member of the House of the undivided AP, Venkaiah Naidu asked first-time MLAs to do lot of homework on any issue concerning people before raising the issue in the Assembly.
Venkaiah Naidu also invoked Lord Rama, saying, “An ideal state and truthfulness, adhering to what is said are qualities of Rama. All these qualities are related to behaviour”.
He expressed concern over what he called the painful change in the media coverage. ‘’There has been a change in media’s attitude towards meaningful debates in the House. Informed debates are being given short shrift and mediocrity is getting wide coverage,” he said.
He also expressed concern over dwindling number of working days in the Assemblies in the recent years.
‘’The functioning of legislatures is steadily declining. While the Parliament meets for about 89 working days in an year, the record of most of the state legislatures is a matter of concern with only 20 to 30 working days in a year,” he said.
He suggested the state legislatures should meet for more number of days every year. Constitutional expert and former secretary general of Lok Sabha Subhash Kashyap and Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Vinod Rai also conducted classes for the legislators during the first day and tried to make them know about the business rules of the House. AP Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao, who had presided over the session, said of the 175 MLAs of the AP Assembly, as many as 97 members are first-timers.
Hence, he wanted to improve the functioning of the Assembly by training the first-time legislators in holding debates in the House on peoples’ issues. He asked members of the House to behave decently as people will be watching their behaviour through TV channels.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Union minority affairs minister Najma Heptulla will take part in the second day session on Saturday.
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If precious time of the House is wasted, people who elected the members, will be the losers
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