Legal luminary and former nominated Member of Rajya Sabha Fali S Nariman on Sunday told the newly elected/nominated Members of Rajya Sabha that under no circumstances, disruption can be justified in the Parliament and the Members have to be persuasive in their approach.
It was stated by Nariman on the concluding day of a two-day orientation programme organised by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat for the newly elected/nominated Members of Rajya Sabha.
Fali S Nariman deliberated on the subject Ethics in Politics: Do’s and Don’ts for the new Members, an official statement said. Outlining the importance of work ethics, Nariman suggested that Members should not enter into the Well of the House and disrupt the proceedings. Members should not get angry or lose their tempers when they are in the House.
They should always remain alive to the fact that such conduct on their part reflects poorly on the image of the Parliament in the public esteem. He therefore called upon the Members to maintain the image of the Parliament. When a Member asked that if the Government is insensitive to the issues raised by the opposition Members, what the alternative left is to the Members, Nariman suggested that under no circumstances, disruption can be justified. Members have to be persuasive in their approach.
' 'Hon’ble' is an important prefix to a Member’s name. Members should always be conscious of the fact that being a Member of Parliament is one of the most important privileges to contribute to the proceedings of the House and to serve the people,' he said.
The second day of the orientation programme began with a session on Parliamentary Privileges, on which the new Members evinced a lot of interest. In the context of direct telecast of House proceedings, some Members wanted to know whether it would be breach of privileges if the expunged words and expressions are published or telecast.
Explaining the position, the Members were informed that once words or expressions are expunged by the Chair and the same is conveyed, it becomes a matter of breach of privilege if the media publishes or repeats the telecast of expunged matter. Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri who was present yesterday in the orientation programme also sat through the second day.
He sought to know as to whether Members’ speech in the House telecast through Rajya Sabha Television (RSTV) or disseminated through YouTube can be covered under the Privileges. It was clarified that since RSTV directly telecasts the proceedings and the YouTube takes the RSTV feed, the Members will continue to enjoy the same immunity as regards their speech in the House.
In the session on Law Making process, Majeed Memon, MP and renowned lawyer shared some practical tips with new Members regarding law making.
Explaining the qualifications of a good law, Memon said that ‘a good law is that which is intelligible to all’. He further said that more the law is simple, more it is easy to implement it on the ground. Calling upon the Members to take their role as law makers with responsibility, he said, 'Members of Parliament have a major role to play in the law making process. We should ensure that the people, especially the poor and deprived sections remain the focus of law and they should benefit from it.'
Bhupender Yadav, MP spoke on the procedural devices for raising matters of public importance. Highlighting the importance of the Rajya Sabha as a legislative and deliberative chamber, he called upon the Members to use effectively the various devices available under the rules and procedures such as zero hour submissions, special mentions, calling attentions and short duration discussion to hold the Government accountable. UNI