Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu advocated detailed Legislative Impact Assessment (LIA) bringing 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.
Chairman Naidu elaborated on the need for such impact assessment while referring to the 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.
RS Chairman Naidu said the inter-ministerial consultations are held before the Cabinet considers and approves 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 objectives 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,” he added.
Elaborating on his suggestion, Chairman 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 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.
(With inputs from Agency)