“Why did the Congress bring the proceedings of the Lok Sabha to a stand-still for seven days over the issue of ….?” asks and justifies Ms. Girija Vyas in her article in http://www.congresssandesh.com/apr_issue/viewpoint1.html
That was when BJP was in power. Now a days, we see how BJP is also doing even more vigorously what the Congress was doing earlier.
Where is, then, the time for the MPs to read, study, understand, analyse and take a considered stand over the Bills placed before the House of the People for approval? Naturally, they do not have time.
The important Bills are just taken as read on the last day of the Session or simply ignored and taken to the next session. If people whose vote alone is essential for the Bills to become Law choose to remain indifferent or ignorant of the intricacies of the Bills and their votes are taken for granted on the last day of every session, with or without their being aware of it, who else can discuss the impact of a Bill?
Will there be any law to make all such Bills public and enable the Public to offer their opinion on the Lok Sabha website so that the points of view expressed therein are analysed on record and a report placed before the Lok Sabha so that the Members will be free from reading the Bills and will be free to stall the House.
Some solution, we have to find.
One such instance that shows what happened in the Lok Sabha on 03.05.2010, when the Members did not have time to discuss the Bill because of the practice of stalling the proceedings of the House, is analysed in the Powerpoint Presentation given hereunder. Please click on the links:
Presentation on Medical Colleges
Appendix I – Parliamentary Standing Committee report on Amendment Bill 2009
Appendix II – Parliament passed the bill
Readers are welcome to correct the mistakes, if any,or offer their viewpoints!