HOUSE SHOULD BE THE CENTER OF DIALOGUE, NOT DEADLOCK: LOK SABHA SPEAKER
SPEAKER AND MLAs OF PUDUCHERRY LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY MEET LOK SABHA SPEAKER
New Delhi, December 14, 2021: Lok Sabha Speaker, Shri Om Birla, inaugurated an Orientation Programme for the newly elected members of the 15th Legislative Assembly of Puducherry in the Parliament House Complex, today. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Birla said that public representatives must strive to fulfill the aspirations of the people and resolve their difficulties.
Later, the Speaker of Puducherry Legislative Assembly, Shri R. Selvam and Members of Puducherry Legislative Assembly, who came to participate in a two-day Orientation programme called on Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla, today. During the interaction, Shri Birla called upon the Ministers and MLAs to ensure that Legislatures become the center of discussion and dialogue, and not deadlock.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Birla said that the Legislature should ensure accountability towards people, monitor governance, control the executive and review the policies of the Government. He added that people have chosen them to fulfill their hopes and aspirations. He exhorted MLAs to fulfill their responsibilities and win the trust of the people.
Shri Birla said that the government's policies must aim at public welfare. Whatever budget is allocated, its benefits should reach the last person of the society. The legislature should also monitor and assess the socio-economic impact on society due to the actions of the government.
Lok Sabha Speaker further said that all the parties should discuss among themselves and make all efforts to improve the functioning of the House. He advised MLAs to study and follow the best practices of other Houses and said that there must also be Zero Hour in the Houses so that issues of the people can be brought to the notice of the House immediately. The government should also answer every issue that arises in the House, and the executive should provide positive results on those subjects, leading to increase in the usefulness of the Legislatures, Shri Birla added.
Shri Birla also extended his best wishes on the construction of the new building of Puducherry Legislative Assembly. He advised for the maximum use of Information Technology in the new building in order to ensure that information reaches the public easily and on time. This will also help to receive feedback from the people, Shri Birla observed.
He said that the public representatives must maintain the highest standards of conduct in public and private life. He said that conduct of public representatives must be beyond reproach, such that it enhances the dignity of the House, inspires the society and becomes an example for others. The public representative is an institution in itself, so there should be direct contact and dialogue with the public, Shri Birla asserted.