President for amending rules to ensure smooth functioning of Parliament

PTI Lucknow | Updated on October 13, 2012 Published on October 13, 2012

President Pranab Mukherjee

Against the backdrop of Parliamentary proceedings being paralysed regularly, President Pranab Mukherjee today suggested that Parliamentarians should explore possibilities of amending rules to ensure that both Houses are able to transact routine business.

He also suggested that department related committees of Parliament undertake post-approval scrutiny of budgetary allocations, made to the various ministries.

Addressing the Jagran Forum here, he said, at times when certain members were highly agitated on certain issues, normal transaction of business on a daily basis in keeping with the rules appeared difficult.

Mukherjee said he believed that the collective thinking of the political establishment would be able to explore the possibility of amending rules.

He said if it appears that rules do not reflect the situation prevailing currently, they could be amended.

Noting that rules have been framed by Parliamentarians only, he said they could be amended to provide an opportunity for orderly disposal of business.

He also said Parliament should devote more time to discussing legislations, especially those related to finance.

Quoting a suggestion made by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Mukherjee said besides scrutinising the budgetary proposals of various ministries before they are sent to the House, the Parliamentary panels should also go through proposals after they get the Parliamentary nod.

Published on October 13, 2012
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