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Extend no-work no pay to legislators: Haryana Speaker

Vishal Joshi, Hindustan Times  Karnal, December 14, 2012
First Published: 21:18 IST(14/12/2012) | Last Updated: 21:22 IST(14/12/2012)

Speaker of Haryana Vidhan Sabha Kuldeep Sharma favours to implement "no-work, no pay" formula to control the unruly legislators from repeatedly disrupting the house proceedings of Parliament and state legislative assemblies.

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Interacting with reporters here on Friday, Sharma said that the trend of not allowing the smooth working of various Houses was becoming a fashion in the country.

Instead of observing their prime job of holding debates on public issues and various bills, the elected representatives were spending time mudslinging in the floor of the House, he said.

"It is a sheer wastage of the tax payers' money and the public is watching the conduct of their representatives on their television sets".

The Speaker said that he firmly advocates the issue of "no-work, no-pay" to be extended to legislatures but doubts if such a step would be passed by the same class of "unruly" members.

He said that while the members from ruling party and the opposition refuse to have a dialogue on a given issue in the House, the same leadership could be seen on the television studios debating the same issues.

"It is a very serious issue and reflects the callous attitude of elected members," he said.

Sharma also admitted that several members indulge in un-parliamentary language in the House.

"Recently, the Bashujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati had uttered such words for the Rahya Sabha Speaker that the statements had to be expunged. But the audience had listened to the sorry utterances live on their TV sets and damage to the sanctity of House is done," he said.

Sharma also quoted examples of Haryana where the leader of the Opposition Om Prakash Chautala had made derogatory comments against him in the floor or the House.

"I did not expunge the utterances to show officially the actual misconduct of the honourable members in the House. Using un-parliamentary language at public functions and press conferences against the Chair of Vidhan Sabha is really unfortunate," said the Speaker.


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