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Meira disapproves House disruptions

Kanwar Yogendra
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“The trend needs to be stopped or people’s faith in democratic institutions will vanish”

Special session:Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar presenting a memento to former minister and MLA Sukh Ram at Himachal Pradesh Assembly in Shimla on Monday. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and former Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal areat the right.– Photo: PTI
Special session:Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar presenting a memento to former minister and MLA Sukh Ram at Himachal Pradesh Assembly in Shimla on Monday. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and former Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal areat the right.– Photo: PTI

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Monday disapproved of frequent disruptions in Parliament and Assemblies. During the recent monsoon session, at least 73 hours were lost without transacting any business due to interruptions by members. Terming the trend infectious, she said it needed to be stopped or people’s faith in democratic institutions would vanish.

She was addressing the special session of the Himachal Vidhan Sabha here on the occasion of its golden jubilee celebrations.

Ms. Kumar said it was not only the duty of presiding officers but also of each and every member to maintain order during the sessions.

According to her, debate on all issues would be possible if members followed proper rules and procedures.

The Speaker appealed to all members to become leaders of social change. Despite legislation against dowry, untouchability and sex determination tests, the practices continued. “So we need to create public opinion against them and to highlight these issues in the House.”

Ms. Kumar lauded the people of the hill State for speedy development in the fields of hydro electricity, horticulture and tourism and for their participation in the armed forces. She said the ‘Council Chamber’ housing the present Vidhan Sabha was witness to many a historic event of pre and post-independent India.


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