Our parliamentarians love to stall the house in place of discussing the matter on the differences among them. We Indian usually see that if any important matter raises by any member in parliament, the honorable members from other parties oppose the discussion because the political compulsions to do so.
They take this route to stall the house in spite of discussing the matter in the house. This is not the matter of disrupting business in Parliament only as we have seen some fighting among the leaders in the state assemblies also (Recently in Andhra pradesh Assembly and earlier in Uttar Pradesh assembly).
People would never forget the fight between RJD MP Sadhu yadav and JD(U) MP Prabhunath Singh in Lok Sabha almost one year ago.
Now, the Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee has made a new plan to create discipline among the MPs. He has decided to hit where it hurts most.
He has proposed a ‘no work, no pay policy’ for MPs who disturb routine business in house.
It clearly means those MPs who would force adjournment of the House will not get their sitting allowance for that day.
When the Parliament is in session, MPs get Rs 1000 as sitting allowance per day after signing the daily register. When the MPs stall the house, they do not forget to sign the register to claim the allowance. Now, the Speaker has decided to stop paying the sitting allowance for those MPs.
He is about to propose the plan to different political parties and this is also very much expected that they would oppose the plan.
The Speaker has also said in the proposed plan that he is in favor to invoke some rules of parliament proceedings regularly such as Rule number 373 (Speaker may direct any member whose conduct is, in his opinion, grossly disorderly to withdraw immediately from the House…and shall absent himself during the remainder of the day’s sitting) and Rule 374 A (automatic suspension of a member for grave disorder occasioned by a member coming into the well of the House or abusing the Rules of the House persistently and wilfully obstructing its business by shouting slogans or otherwise).
Today, the MPs have showed the greater tendency to waste the parliamentary time on several occasions. This has become a serious problem because after every second or third day, the house adjourns because of the MPs protest on some issues.
According to a recent study conducted by a civil society organization, 22.4 per cent of the total time of Parliamentary business lost due to disruptions in the 13th Lok Sabha. Since June 2004, it has gone up to 26 percent in the present 14th Lok Sabha. According to a data, each minute of Parliament costs about Rs 26,035 and our honorable MPs don’t want to save the money for the sake of country.