Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla interacted with Presiding officers of State Legislative Assemblies via video conferencing at Parliament House earlier today.
The Lok Sabha Speaker urged state assemblies to explore the feasibility of extensive use of digital technology in legislative and financial work and for other routine tasks such as meetings and file movements so as to make sure that stringent social distancing norms are followed in their respective states.
“Assemblies and Parliament must adopt technology for functioning more effectively,” he said.
The Speaker also lauded the efforts of both central and state governments to fight the pandemic
“Necessary steps have been taken to contain its spread,” he noted.
The Speaker also expressed that mutual synergy and excellent disaster management efforts allowed India to minimise the damage from this disease.
Om Birla added that efforts of the Government have been complimented by the strength of the people, which has helped mitigate the situation, he then thanked the people for their cooperation and spirited resistance to the disease outbreak. He said that,
“The situation is largely under control and the government is fully prepared to meet any challenge,” he said while adding that the efforts of the government have been complemented by the strength of the people. He then thanked the people for their cooperation and spirited resistance to fight the spread of the virus.
Speaking about India’s efforts to reduce the effect of the pandemic outside the country, the Speaker said that wherever possible India has tried to help other countries by supplying medicines and other essential equipment, thereby living up to the ancient Indian philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’.
In his interaction with Speakers of the State Assemblies, the Speaker was informed that many states had taken proactive measures with regard to providing relief to affected people. He was informed that many state MLAs had actively contributed to COVID 19 relief funds, both at the central as well as at the states-level.
He was also informed by a number of Presiding Officers about the plight of stranded workers in many parts of the country, and how a large number of students have been left stranded in the educational hub of Kota, which also happens to be his Lok Sabha constituency. The Speaker then urged the Presiding Officers to take all requisite steps to make sure that the stranded students and workers are provided with all necessary assistance.
He also called upon all the state assemblies to setup a control room for real time information exchange between the various state assemblies and Parliament, which would allow MLAs and MPs to discharge their duties in a more effective manner in order to fight the challenge posed by COVID 19.
The Speaker informed the Presiding Officers of the four Committees of Presiding Officers that had been constituted earlier to look into matters relating to Disruptions in the House, Autonomy of Legislatures, Tenth Schedule of the Constitution and Information Technology and related matters – had made substantial progress in finalising their reports, and the reports would be submitted in due course.