Speaker wants to set House in order

Published: 06th August 2016 07:12 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th August 2016 07:12 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: LEGISLATIVE Assembly Speaker K B Koliwad’s plan to curb unruly behaviour of legislators in the House and ensure disciplined conduct of proceedings has received a big boost with Governor Vajubhai Vala appreciating the move.

Koliwad, who recently expressed his displeasure over passage of many important bills, including the Finance Bill(Budget), without a debate amid dharna by opposition members in the Assembly, is keen on bringing drastic changes in Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Karnataka Legislative Assembly and Council. “I have discussed the issue with the Governor and he too concurred about the need to bring new rules to ensure smooth conduct of business in the House,” Koliwad said.

Koliwad admitted that the support of members from both the Houses of Legislature is needed to bring stringent rules and he would soon take up the issue with Chairman of Legislative Council D H Shankaramurthy to initiate the moves to make it a reality.

A Committee comprising members of both the Houses, including himself(Speaker) and Chairman of Legislative Council, would be constituted soon to prepare the new draft rules.

Each day of legislature session is estimated to cost about `1crore and it has become a routine affair to see entire day’s proceedings being washed out due to dharna and unruly protests by members over important issues. Very few members are seen participating in debates, while many just stay away after signing the register.

Koliwad wants to put an end to this waste of Legislature time and taxpayers’ money.

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