New Delhi, Oct 29: Expressing concern over the functioning of parliamentary institutions in the country and erosion of public trust in them, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday unveiled a 15 point reform charter as the basis for a new political normal to enable effective functioning of the Parliament and State Legislatures.
He dwelt at length on the present pitfalls of parliamentary democracy in the country while delivering the first Arun Jaitely Memorial Lecture on Strengthening of Parliamentary Institutions in the Country’ at Delhi University.
During his 50-minute-long account of the genesis of the Constitution and functioning of legislatures in the country, Naidu enumerated several pitfalls that are adversely impacting the legislative institutions and suggested remedial measures.
He called for a new political consciousness urging all the stakeholders to review their mindset with regard to their roles and responsibilities.
Expressing concern over poor attendance in the legislatures and the quality of debates, the Vice-President urged the political parties to ensure attendance of at least 50 per cent of their legislators all through the proceedings of the Houses by adopting a roster system. The suggestion came in the context of Parliament being forced to be adjourned due to lack of quorum of the required presence of 10 per cent of the strength of the Houses. (UNI)