LS Speaker urges MPs to discharge duties with responsibility, avoid chaos

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New Delhi, July 10 :  Days before Monsoon Session of Parliament commences, Lok Sabha Speaker
Sumitra Mahajan on Tuesday urged lawmakers to discharge their responsibilities as elected members
of the country’s ‘Supreme Panchayat’ and said as the tenure of the present House will end fast, everyone
should focus in doing the “unfinished” tasks.
“We all know that the tenure of Lok Sabha has entered the final year and now only three sessions are left. Time is limited but there are several items of work still unfinished and time will be available mainly during the
Monsoon and Winter Sessions in transacting the legislative business,” she wrote in identical letters sent to
all the Members of the Lower House of Parliament.
In a three-page and quite an unprecedented letter, among other things she said it is a privilege being a
member of the “august House” and in return, “you (members) may also wish to not only meet the expectations
of your constituents and the nation but also make contribution to the progress of the country and
strengthening of democracy.”
“It is for this purpose that we have given ourselves the rules for conduct of business in the House which have
evolved over the years. Thus, is it not our moral responsibility to ensure that these rules are followed
in letter and spirit?” she said.
In this context, she further wrote: “Can we justify our own conduct by advancing the argument of improper
conduct and interruption of the business of the House by other parties in the past?”
If this argument is accepted then the cycle of interruptions will continue endlessly, the Speaker maintained.
“People have given the privilege of membership of this august House with great expectations and hopes reposing
their faith in the sacred forum of democracy,” she said.
The Speaker maintained that while “remarkable” work has been transacted in some sessions, at times members have come to the well of the House raising slogans and displaying placards and banners.
The Speaker’s letter comes days before the monsoon session of Parliament begins.
The session would be held from July 18 till August 10.
Among other issues, the government would try pilot important bills, including the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Third Amendment) Bill, 2017, Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 and National Medical Commission Bill, 2017.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar also has said the election to the post of Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha would also be held during the session as the term of Congress MP P. J. Kurien has come to an end.
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