VP: Effective functioning of Parl is the best way to ensure peace

Raj Kamal Rao

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the effective functioning of Parliament and legislatures is the best way to ensure peace, progress and prosperity in the country. The Vice President said this while addressing a seminar on “Revitalizing Parliamentary Democracy in India” during the 187th anniversary celebrations of Kolkata Chamber of Commerce on Saturday.

The Vice President also said that political parties must have a greater responsibility in the successful functioning of Parliament. And the parties should not make Parliament a platform for scoring political brownie points.

Over the years, Parliament’s legislative business and the number of hours it devotes to debate crucial issues of national importance have come down, lamented the Vice President.

The Vice President also raised concern over the disruptions in Parliament. He said the disruptions are a matter of great concern as they have become the order of the day with political parties failing to rein in their members.

As of today, ‘healthy debate and discussions, the hallmark of Parliamentary democracy’ are overshadowed by disruption, confrontation, and forced adjournments, he said.

There is a need for political parties to arrive at a consensus on important issues so that the precious time of the Parliament and legislatures is not wasted on issues which can be best resolved through debates and dialogues, he added.

At  the event, the Vice President also complimented the industry body for contributing to fields of education and health as part of corporate social responsibility.