Goa meet to discuss House privileges codification

The contentious and long-pending issue of codification of privileges of Parliament and State Assemblies and their members will be debated at a two-day meeting of whips of Parliament and State legislatures that commences in Goa on Monday.

The agenda papers accessed by The Hindu say that the meeting hopes to set up a parliamentary panel with members of both Houses “to lay down privileges in specific terms and to recommend appropriate legislation.”

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu will inaugurate the ‘All India Whips Conference’ that will also deliberate on whether a legal framework is necessary to establish a specified “Model Code of Conduct” for legislators. It will also discuss if a full day every week should be devoted to private members’ bills and resolutions and look into efforts to check repeated disruptions.

However, the most heated discussions are expected to centre on the issue of the codification of privileges of Parliament, a subject that has not yet found any traction among MPs themselves, despite growing pressure from academia and the media.

The agenda acknowledges, “Over the years, a view has emerged against such codification. This issue acquired significance with academia and media demanding codification of privileges to end uncertainty in the matter and enable transparent functioning of Legislatures.”

Floor management in the House, the growing role and accountability of whips, how to ensure the continued presence of members in the Houses and increasing the volume of transaction of business as well as professional training and research assistance for legislators are also expected to be taken up for discussion.

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and MoS for Parliamentary Affairs Santosh Gangwar and Prakash Javadekar will participate.

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