Dignity of the House and its Chair is an important in parliamentary system: Lok Sabha Speaker
New Delhi, September 25, 2020: As the monsoon session of Parliament closed, Lok Sabha spokesperson Shri Om Birla spoke about various historic achievements of today’s session in the parliament building. On this occasion, Shri Birla underlined that the dignity of the House and of its Speaker is an important aspect of the parliamentary system and that it is the duty of all Members to respect the highest values that our democracy represents.
Shri Birla said that Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are the images of our democracy and that long debates and discussions took place in both houses of parliament during the session. He added that with the help of all political parties and members, Lok Sabha’s productivity was a record 167%. He also said that despite the threat of COVID-19, the average attendance of MPs in this session was very high, which sends a very positive message and increases people’s confidence in democratic institutions.
Shri Birla also said the Lok Sabha sat for 60 hours instead of the allotted 37 hours. Despite the session restriction due to COVID19, the Lok Sabha was able to perform optimally with minimal loss of productivity. Noting that India’s democratic traditions are deeply rooted, Shri Birla said that since 1952 when the first Lok Sabha elections were held, people’s confidence in parliamentary government has grown and efforts have increased. should be made to do this democratic institutions. Referring to recent reports on Question Time,
Shri Birla said members had the regular opportunity to discuss issues related to people’s well-being. He highlighted the increased involvement of members in Zero Hour and other legislative issues. He recalled that members were allowed to express their views on important bills and were always encouraged to take part in discussions.
Shri Birla also announced that the Lok Sabha received 2,300 answers to unmarked questions and received 25 invoices. He said all bills, including controversial agriculture-related bills, passed after lengthy discussions in the House. He added that the decision to shorten the duration of the session was made amicably in light of COVID-19 fears.
Asked about members’ demands to restore the MPLAD system, Shri Birla said the issue had been raised by members from all political backgrounds and hoped the government and other stakeholders would consider the matter on their merits.
Shri Birla responded to widespread praise for the arrangements made by the secretariats of both houses during the monsoon session, saying it was a matter of luck that the physical and digital systems were functioning properly.
He thanked all the members for their cooperation in ensuring the smooth running of the house. He also mentioned that all MPs, media representatives and officials from the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats had been tested for COVID-19.
In total, more than 8,700 COVID-19 tests were performed during the session. He also said that the discussion on COVID-19 was long and fruitful and that all members had actively participated in the discussion lasting more than five hours.
In response to a request, Shri Birla announced that construction work on the new parliament building has started and will be completed within 21 months. Shri Birla praised the media for their wide coverage and effective dissemination of information on parliamentary processes from both houses during the monsoon session.