CPI for more sittings

Special Correspondent

Private member's bill moved in Parliament

Dasgupta wants Constitution amendedExpresses concern over shortening of Assembly sessions

NEW DELHI: Carrying forward the effort to increase the number of sittings of Parliament at least 100 days in a year, the Communist Party of India has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the leaders of various parties seeking their opinion.

Expressing concern over the reduction of sittings from 120 days at one time to 80 plus during 2006, CPI Parliamentary Party leader Gurudas Dasgupta introduced a private member's Bill in the winter session seeking an amendment to the Constitution.

Sittings have come down

In the Bill's statement of objects and reasons, Mr. Dasgupta said that over the years it had been observed that the number of sittings of the two Houses was decreasing. Initially, Parliament used to meet for an average of 120 days in a calendar year. It had come down to 100 and during this year it was just 80 plus.

``Thus in order to uphold our democratic values and to ensure effective representation and redressal of problems of the people, it is necessary that a reasonable minimum number of sittings of both the Houses are fixed. Taking into account all these facts, it is proposed to amend the Constitution to ensure that the Parliament sits for at least 100 days in a calendar year,'' the Bill said and sought an amendment to Article 85.

Mr. Dasgupta told The Hindu that in his letter to Dr. Singh, he also expressed concern over the shortening of the Assembly sessions in different States.

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