Strict law for interruptions in proceedings of Parliament is on the anvil, says Speaker Om Birla
By Priti Prakash | PUBLISHED: 29, Feb 2020, 21:30 pm IST | UPDATED: 05, Mar 2020, 18:53 pm IST
A new Parliament building and vista has been approved by the government which is taking shape at planning level. What was the need for a new building to replace the old heritage structure of Parliament! Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said, ‘With the advancing time and technology a futuristic place was thought better that will be totally digitalized and also cater to increased number of members. With delimitation the number of members will increase. Keeping in mind next 100 years the new Parliament will have an increased number of seats in Lok Sabha by around 800, and so the new building is envisaged to cater to the need.’
Talking to women journalists of Indian Women Press Corps, Speaker Om Birla, when questioned about the behavior of members in the houses of Parliament and the dipping level of discourse during debates said, it was a matter of concern and that he is working on sensitizing members about it. ‘A strict law will be formed to check interruption of proceedings and stop members from entering into the Well of the House and that the draft for such a law is being prepared. This will be applicable to all legislative bodies across the country.’ He informed that on absenteeism, the day’s allowance of the member is cut. He said earlier too the house has witnessed satirical and hard hitting debates between Nehru and Ram Manohar Lohia. The 17th Lok Sabha, he said, has been very productive so far and all bills have been thoroughly debated and discussed on the floor of the House before being passed.
Birla said, with the changing Parliamentary procedures new laws are being made for addressing the falling level of debates in the house which are many times heated and acrimonious.
He also informed that regarding issues of journalists covering Parliament a committee will be soon set up headed by journalists themselves to take suggestions on the issues of press and also changes that can be brought about.
Om Birla, MP from Kota Rajasthan, who started a social campaign aimed at providing nutritional support to pregnant women and adolescent girls in his parliamentary constituency called ‘Suposhit Maa Abhiyan’ is aided and funded by public participation and various civil societies.
It will be interesting to inform that the monthly expenditure of flowers for decoration in the Parliament alone stands at Rs 1.24 crores.
Om Birla had stirred controversy last year after making allegedly casteist remarks on Twitter saying Brahmins have always held a high position in society. "Brahmins have always held a high position in society. This position is the result of their sacrifice, penance. This is the reason why Brahmin society has always played a guiding role in society."