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Parliament, assemblies must run normally with high standard of debate : Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar
 Parliament, assemblies must run normally with high standard of debate : Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar

Agartala, Sept 18 (TIWN) Expressing her deep dissatisfaction, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar said Wednesday that the Parliament and assemblies in the states must run smoothly with high standard of discussion and debate to accomplish the desire of the people.

She said : “Application of force in running the parliament and assemblies is not desirable.”

The presiding officer of the Lok Sabha was referring the eviction of some members from the lower house of parliament recently by applying force after they constantly obstructing in transacting the business of the house.

“More and more number of women must be elected to both parliament and the state assemblies as the women constitute half of the country’s total population. Ignoring the women democracy can not be strengthen,” she said while addressing a seminar in Agartala. 

She said that there are 61 women members in the current house, which she said only eleven percent of the total number of members of the Lok Sabha

“In Tripura, there are five women legislators in the assembly and this is only eight percent of the total strength of the 60-member house,” Meira Kumar added.

The seminar was organised on the occasion of the golden jubilee of the Tripura assembly to highlight the transition of Tripura from princely rule to democratic governance.

The Lok Sabha speaker appreciated the Tripura government to reserve 50 percent seats for the women in the local self government bodies, including gram panchayats.

“Our democracy would be strengthening when there would be no division among the people on the basis of caste, creed and ethnic. Socio-economic development of all people must be the key motto of the people’s representatives,” she said in her written speech in Hindi.

She said that it is an exemplary instances for the entire country that over 90 percent people cast their votes during elections in Tripura and the state’s literacy increased to 87.75 percent (in 2011 census) only after Kerala and Mizoram.

In all 140 former and incumbent legislators were felicitated on the occasion.

Chief Minister Manik Sarkar in his speech said that government must respect the sentiments, hopes and aspiration of the people.

“Now the people are not bothered what is going on in the parliament and assemblies. This is because the standard of debates in both parliament and assemblies have been lowered,” Sarkar said.

He said that ruling and opposition parties must cooperate and guide each other for the interest of the democracy and development of people.

“Opposition parties must not oppose all steps of government blindly. There must be a constructive and positive criticism of the government,” Sarkar said in his half and hour extempore speech. 

Tripura’s parliamentary affairs minister Tapan Chakraborty, assembly speaker Ramendra Chandra Debnath, deputy speaker Pabitra Kar and opposition (Congress) leader Sudip Roy Barman among others spoke in the seminar.

At the end of several hundred years of rule by 184 kings, the princely state, along with Manipur, merged with the Indian Union in October 1949. It was then designated a union territory headed by a chief commissioner.

On July 1, 1963, the erstwhile Tripura territorial council was converted into the 30-seat Tripura legislative assembly by an act of parliament, with a council of ministers.

Veteran Congress leader Sachindra Lal Singh became the first chief minister of the state, heading a five-member council of ministers.

Under the North Eastern Region (reorganisation) Act, 1971, Tripura, Manipur and Meghalaya became full-fledged states Jan 21, 1972, each having a 60-seat assembly.


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