Expressing concern over their performance, the CPI (M) has asked its MPs to improve their preparedness for effective intervention on major issues in Parliament and its various committees.
"The performance in the Lok Sabha where we have 44 MPs should be improved with better delegation of work and encouraging comrades to prepare and make interventions", the CPI (M) said in a public acknowledgement in its recent report on the party organisation.
While agreeing that the party was able to check the government from pushing certain legislations "where we disagreed", the report said the work in Parliamentary Standing Committees was "an important area where we are weak".
"Time and again our MPs are not able to intervene to record our views on legislations and reports taken up in the committees. Dissenting notes are not appended where we have a basic disagreement," it said.
The report, approved by the CPI (M) Central Committee, suggested that a mechanism be set up within its parliamentary unit to scrutinise legislations or reports and brief the concerned MPs.
The party also stressed the need to revamp and strengthen the parliamentary office to help in this process.
Referring to other elected representatives in states and local bodies, the report said in many states where the party was weak, "there is no mechanism to supervise and guide the elected members. Respective Party committees should review the performance of the elected representatives".