Delhi assembly lists dos and don’ts for its MLAs

The Delhi Assembly has come up with a code of conduct for its legislators.

The assembly’s Ethics Committee, which submitted its first report on the code of conduct for members of the House on Wednesday, recommended a slew of measures for legislators both inside and outside the House. The guidelines will apply even when members are on a study tour or are visiting a foreign country as part of a delegation.

The list of dos and don’ts states that the members will not exhibit or display any kind of papers in the House, will not tear documents in protest, not raise a matter in the House without the permission of the Speaker and avoid sitting on a dharna (sit-in) inside the House.

Any member violating the code of conduct should either be admonished, reprimanded, censured or suspended from the House for a specified period depending on the gravity of the violation, the committee has recommended.

“The report was tabled on Tuesday. It will come into effect as soon as the House accepts it, which may happen as soon as on Thursday or Friday,” said a senior Assembly secretariat official.

The committee, led by Congress MLA Dr Narender Nath, has spelt out how members should behave or not behave when the House is in session, during the L-G’s address, conduct themselves outside the House and when they are visiting another state or country on a study tour or as member of a delegation.

The committee was formed by Delhi Assembly Speaker Yoganand Shastri in January 2010 to keep an eye on members’ conduct — both in and out of the House.

The nine-member committee, which had representation from both the ruling party as well as the Opposition, went through the code of conduct framed for members of the Rajya Sabha and the legislative assemblies of Kerala, Mizoram, Odisha, Assam, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

The committee members visited some of these states to observe the conduct of the members and understand the rules and regulations.

Though the proceedings of the House are not telecast live on television like that of Parliament, the assembly started live webcast of the House from the Monsoon Session that started on Tuesday.


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