India is the largest democracy in the world. It is also said to be a nascent democracy, where things are evolving slowly, but steadily. India as a nation is faced with multiple problems, which need serious attention. For want their addressal has been quite slow. Even after 67 years of independence, we are still struggling to cope with the trauma arising out of extreme poverty, unemployment and population explosion. In order to address all these problems, our representatives debate and decide the way out in the Parliament, which is the most important and biggest panchayat of the country. Unfortunately, many times we see the disruption of proceedings in the House, which pains us like anything. Constant disruptions in the functioning of Parliament seems to have become the order of the day, which is certainly not in consonance with the fact that ours is the largest and most vibrant democracy in the world. The citizens of the country elect their representatives for Parliament, which comprises the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, to work towards achieving social targets. This eventually leads to the formation of public laws. But anything that hinders with the functioning of Parliament amounts to meddling with democracy. The ruckus created over the imposition of President’s Rule in Uttrakhand and Arunachal Pradesh by the Congress on the opening day of the second phase of Budget Session forcing adjournments of the House could have been avoided. It is certainly difficult for the opposition to be seen toeing the ruling party’s lines, but there has to be a lakshman rekha for all. Many times the Parliament sessions are found to be weak on arguments and strong on disturbances, which can be attributed to the confrontationist politics to which a lot of valuable time is lost. The quality debates are meant to deliver larger public purposes. But the parties are busy animadverting each other, staging protests for the adjournment and ambushing ministers who may not be well prepared to deal with those certain issues.
However, to restrain this growing indiscipline, the Lok Sabha did incorporate a rule in the Rules of Procedure for automatic termination of the member of the House after the Speaker names him, for five consecutive sittings or the remainder of the Session, whichever is less, for coming into the Well of the House or abusing its rules, persistently, and willfully obstructing its business by shouting slogans. But there are several lapses in the rules because if a whooping number of members stymie the proceedings of the House, it is merely impossible to suspend all of them. There is one adjournment after another on the issues of vital importance. Our MPs in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha need to take our concerns to their logical conclusion by putting in their best efforts .
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