Lucknow; 20 May, 2022: Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla inaugurated Orientation Programme organized for the newly elected members of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly and addressed the gathering, today.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Birla said that the prestige and dignity of the Legislatures depends on dignity and behaviour of its Members. The better the discussion and dialogue in the House, the more there will be an increase in dignity and prestige of the legislature. Therefore, people's representatives must adopt the highest standards of conduct in the House and maintain the sanctity of the august House. Shri Birla also said that by creating disturbance inside the Houses or by showing slogans and placards, neither the prestige of the Members nor the dignity of the House increases. Therefore, we should not encourage such practices. He said that the legislatures are platforms for debates and discussion and not for sloganeering.
Shri Birla also said that the more serious and purposive the discussion and dialogue will be, it will lead to better outcomes in the form of better legislations which will bring positive change in the lives of people. Law is meant to change the lives of the people, to give rights to the people and to make their life easier and simpler. Therefore, the more simple and easy the law becomes, the more easy and speedy justice will be delivered to the people, said Shri Birla.
Referring to the importance of attendance in the House, Shri Birla said that the low attendance of MLAs in the Legislative Assembly is a matter of serious concern. The longer the public representatives will sit in the House, the more they will get guidance from their senior and experienced legislators and there will be meaningful discussions and dialogues in the House. Emphasizing on taking inputs from the people for making laws, the Speaker said that the people's representatives should take inputs from the people so that their hopes and aspirations can be incorporated in the legislations.
Referring to the effective use of technology by legislators, Shri Birla said that we all live in a digital era where rapid progress in information and communication technology has made a great impact on the role and functions of the Legislature and its members. It has completely changed the working of legislatures all over the world. He informed that the Legislatures of the entire country are being brought on a single digital platform through 'One Nation-One Legislative Platform' i.e. E-Vidhan which would not only develop our parliamentary system technologically, but would also work to connect all the democratic institutions of the country.
Emphasizing on the need for capacity building of the members in the Legislative Assemblies, Shri Birla said that legislators should be imparted proper training by optimum use of Information Technology in the Legislative Assemblies. Also, while making laws, briefing sessions should be organized for the MLAs. Shri Birla suggested that the members should get copies of the Bills on time as per the rules and regulations so that they can study the provisions of the law. This will ensure substantial discussion in the House.
Referring to Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, Shri Birla called upon all the members to work hard in the direction of socio-economic transformation of the poor and deprived people standing at the last rung of the society.
Shri Birla expressed happiness that the present Legislative Assembly of Uttar Pradesh is unprecedented in many respects as 47 women members have been elected to the Legislative Assembly, which is the highest number of women members in the State Assembly so far. Apart from this, more than 100 members have been elected for the first time to this assembly while more than 200 members have been re-elected. He appealed to the new members of the Assembly to properly study the procedures of the House so that they can contribute effectively and meaningfully during the deliberations.
On this occasion, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Yogi Adityanath and Speaker of the Vidhan Sabha, Shri Satish Mahana also addressed the MLAs. Ministers and MLAs of the Government of Uttar Pradesh were also present on the occasion.
Later in the day, Shri Birla met the Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Smt. Anandiben Patel and discussed several important issues. Earlier, Shri Birla met the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Yogi Adityanath and discussed about strengthening the democratic tradition of legislatures. Shri Birla also met many eminent persons during his visit to Lucknow.