Relevance : GS Paper II (Polity & Governance)
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The passage of the quota Bill highlights grave gaps in India’s parliamentary procedures.
- 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
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
Parliament must follow the due process to secure the interest of citizens.