CM teaches new legislators importance of decorum
By Express News Service | Published: 26th October 2013 10:44 AM |
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah donned the role of a teacher, explaining the importance of discipline and decorum, for those who have become legislators for the first time.
Siddaramaiah, in his inaugural address at a two-day training camp for first-time legislators here on Friday, expressed his displeasure at the lack of discipline and decorum among legislators during deliberations on issues of grave importance for the people. By such conduct, legislators would lose people’s faith, Siddaramaiah said.
He exhorted the legislators to actively participate in the debates on bills and issues that come up in both the Houses. It is unfortunate that many important bills and even budgetary grants are being passed without a meaningful debate. This is not a healthy sign. Legislators should come prepared by studying the issues, so that they can actively participate in the debate, he said.He wanted the new members to know the rules and procedures of functioning in the House to enable smooth conduct of business. "Making baseless allegations and creating ruckus in the House should be shunned. Those who make allegations should produce documents to substantiate their charges," he said.
The Chief Minister also expressed his concern at the dwindling number of days for legislative sessions in a year.
“Earlier, we used to see sessions happening 80-100 days a year. Now it has reduced to 30 days,” he said.
He assured that at least 60 days of the session should be conducted from next year.
He also expressed his displeasure over ministers for not attending office regularly. Ministers should come to their offices at least twice or thrice a week, he said.
The workshop is being attended by 64 MLAs and 30 MLCs. Former chairman of Council B L Shankar spoke on the principles of the Indian Constitution and democracy.
On Saturday, Council's former chairman B K Chandrashekhar would speak on the role of legislators in framing legislation. Former legislator P Ramaiah is scheduled to explain the importance of the question hour, zero hour and call attention notices. MP D B Chandre Gowda will talk about standing committees and house committees.
Media adviser to the CM Dinesh Amin Mattu will talk about the relationship between the legislature and the media. Chairman of the Kannada Development Authority Mukhyamantri Chandru would present a talk on humour in the legislature.