RS Chairman calls for detailed Legislative Impact Assessment for informed law making

RSTV Bureau
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu interacted with the newly recruited officials of the Secretariat who joined the Secretariat during the past one year (Twitter image)

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu interacted with the newly recruited officials of the Secretariat who joined the Secretariat during the past one year (Twitter image)

Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu suggests assessment of social, economic, environmental and institutional impact of legislative proposals

In a first, RS Chairman interacts with newly recruited officials of the Secretariat who joined the Secretariat during the past one year in the Main Committee Room, Parliament House.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu advocated detailed Legislative Impact Assessment (LIA) brining out social, economic, environmental and institutional impacts of legislative proposals for informed law making in the country. He said that it would be useful to indicate such impact assessment in the legislative proposals for wider dissemination among all the stakeholders.

Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu elaborated on the need for such impact assessment while referring to legislative process in the country during his address to 151 officials who have recently joined the Rajya Sabha Secretariat. It is for the first time that Rajya Sabha Chairman has interacted with new recruits on joining the Secretariat Desh Deepak Verma, Secretary General, P.P.K. Ramacharyulu, Secretary and other senior officials of Rajya Sabha Secretariat were present on the occasion.

Chairman Venkaiah Naidu said that inter-ministerial consultations are held before the Cabinet considered and approved legislative proposals but the scope for undertaking and indicating the impact of such proposals is limited in the present context. He said: “Informed legislation will help in realising the stated objects of various laws and this requires a detailed impact assessment of legislation at the stages of both pre-legislation and post-legislation. An account of pre-legislative impact assessment could be included either in the Bill or as an Annexure to the Bill.”

Elaborating on his suggestion, Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu said that social impact assessment could indicate the social changes that flow from the implementation of a particular law while the economic impact assessment could throw light inter-alia on to what extent a legislation can address the existing inequity. Environmental impact assessment of each law proposed is the need of the hour in the context of the serious nature of climate change concerns, he said. “It is also necessary to assess the additional demands that will be placed on the existing executive and judicial institutions by the implementation of new laws” Rajya Sabha Chairman said.

Referring to Legislative Impact Assessment being undertaken by some OECD countries to good effect, Shri Naidu said; “As the largest and vibrant democracy of the world, it is time that we do take a serious look at such impact assessment for ensuring more informed legislation. I am, hence, making this proposal for wider discussion and consideration by all the stakeholders.”

In a first of its kind, Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu today interacted with 151 new recruits who have recently joined the Rajya Sabha Secretariat. During the 40 minute long interaction, Venkaiah Naidu urged the new recruits to enjoy the work and workplace and gave them 7 tips for making their work a joyous experience.

Rajya Sabha Chairman suggested that the new recruits shall; Take pride in the job as a source of motivation, Pursue extensive study of the socio-political processes of the country and the issues being addressed by Parliament from time to time, Acquire deep knowledge of the Constitution, Understand Rules of Business of the House, Be innovative and creative to make work more rewarding, Move out of silos and to be aligned with the larger vision and objectives of the organisation and Treat workplace as home.

Rajya Sabha Chairman noted that with 44 engineering graduates, 50 post graduates, 44 graduates, 5 law degree holders and 2 doctorates among the new recruits, they make a vast talent pool which needs to be harnessed properly through appropriate hand holding by the senior officials of the Secretariat.

Rajya Sabha Secretary General Desh Deepak Verma said that the new recruits include 55 female officials accounting for 36.42% of the total. Referring to the intense competition, Desh Deepak Verma stated that 5,15,570 candidates have applied for the posts in 9 streams out of which 1,64,097 have appeared in the preliminary examination and subsequent screening tests resulting in selection of 151 officials.