Gist of Editorials: Hurrying Through A Legislation (The Hindu) | GS – II

The rules of procedure of the Lok Sabha require every Bill to be circulated at least two days ahead of introduction. This is to give time for MPs to read the Bill and discuss it (or make objections) when the vote on the motion to introduce the Bill is taken up.

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The passage of the quota Bill highlights grave gaps in India’s parliamentary procedures.

Hasty steps

  • CIRCULATION: This Bill as it was not circulated ahead of being introduced.
  • STANDING COMMITTEE: This scrutiny mechanism was bypassed.
  • TIME: There was hardly any time between its introduction and final discussion.

The British contrast

Three important ways in which the British Parliament works better than ours:

  • absence of anti-defection law, hence MP can vote her conscience.
  • it is known exactly how each MP voted
  • the independence of the Speaker is secured

Falling short

Our Parliament has the following shortcomings:

  • the anti-defection law
  • lack of recorded voting as a norm
  • party affiliation of the Speaker
  • frequent bypassing of committees
  • insufficient time and research support to examine Bills

Conclusion

Parliament must follow the due process to secure the interest of citizens.


 

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