Whips’ conference on efficient functioning of legislatures underway

RSTV Bureau

The 18th All India Whips’ Conference, which will focus on efficient functioning of legislatures, has begun in Udaipur in Rajasthan. The two-day event was inaugurated by Ananth Kumar, the Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs on Monday morning.

The whips of Parliament and legislatures and the parliamentary affairs minsters of various states deliberated on the smooth conduct of procedures in Parliament and state legislatures.

The duty of a ‘whip’ is not only to monitor the members of his of her respective party in the legislature, but also to moderate and motivate them, Kumar said. The two-day meet is being attended by around 90 delegates representing 19 state legislatures and parliament.

The minister termed the conference a rainbow of various political parties and also that of states. He said the parliamentary democracy is the best form of governance.

“The duty of a ‘whip’ is not only to monitor the members of the party in legislature but also to moderate and motivate them,” Kumar said in an official statement.

A ‘whip’ is the member of a political party tasked with enforcing the organisation’s discipline on its members in the legislature. 

The minister added the purpose of the conference was to strengthen the parliamentary democracy, its institutions and ultimately serve the people at large.

State chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who was also present at the conference, said the debates held in the legislatures should be cordial and graceful.

On Tuesday, the delegates will deliberate on rolling out of e-vidhan in state legislatures to digitise and make their functioning paperless.

(With inputs from agencies)