Chief Minister Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy has said that he will give a detailed thought to the demand of the members of Legislative Council for the live television coverage of proceedings in the House.
Replying to a short discussion in the Legislative Council on Tuesday on privileges, protocol and facilities for MLCs, the Chief Minister said that there were different views on the proposal. While some said members might play to the gallery if live coverage was on as was witnessed in the Assembly, others said that debates and discussions in the Council should reach people outside.
Dr.Reddy reiterated that the Legislative Council revived after a gap of 23 years was held in high esteem by both the Government and the people and the MLAs and MLCs were not in competition with each other. The Council was rightly called Upper House because of its higher intellectual content. The legislations made in the Lower House were discussed thoroughly in the Council and whereever necessary it advised the Assembly.
On demand of MLCs to invite them as special invitees in the DRC, zilla parishad , mandal parishad and municipal meetings and departmental meetings in their jurisdiction that would some times include three to four districts, Dr.Reddy said if there were no constitutional problems, it could be done. He agreed that MLCs could also head few legislative committees.
The Chief Minister made it clear that he was for giving maximum representation to MLAs in the Cabinet as they were directly in contact with people. "It would give peace of mind to MLCs if there was no ambiguity about it," he said in a lighter vein. However when CPI member Puvvada Nageswara Rao said Chief Minister could be discreet about it as inclusion of MLCs in cabinet would increase their importance in eyes of public and officials, he nodded with a smile.
Earlier Higher Education Minister D.Sridhar Babu, entrusted to handle legislative affairs, said they would sensitise officers and Collectors that they should accord importance to the representations given by MLCs on people’s problems and circulars would be issued once again. For membership to MLCs in University Executive Council, he said University would be asked to consider it.