Punjab parliamentary affairs minister Madan Mohan Mittal has suggested that legislative bodies such as the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, Vidhan Sabha, and Vidhan Parishad have more sittings to strengthen the democratic institutions.
Mittal was speaking on Monday in Goa during the all-India chief whips’ conference that the union ministry of parliamentary affairs had organised. He regretted that there was an increasing trend to decrease the number of sittings to minimum possible to just fulfil the constitutional obligation, and by this, these legislative bodies were being weakened.
“This conference should fix the minimum number of sittings each year,” said Mittal. Stressing the need for making the proceedings of legislative bodies more participatory, he cited the example of the Punjab assembly that kept two days when all members could raise the problems of their constituencies and get it recorded in the proceedings without political discourse.
He said this could be the model for all legislative bodies, to involve members in the proceedings. “The question hour should not be interrupted or suspended,” he said, adding: “It should always be allowed to complete and the whip should try for consensus.”