Engaging Lok Sabha on his “mann ki bat”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday suggested that Parliament should give more opportunities to women and first timer MPs to speak in both the Houses to empower them and bring new vigour to parliamentary business.
Replying to Motion of Thanks on President’s address, Prime Minister Modi appreciated the Speaker for coming up with innovative steps of Speakers Research Initiative to bring “qualitative change” in parliamentary discourse.
The Speaker’s initiative to invite women members of Parliament and state Assemblies for a two-day orientation programme on March 5 coinciding with international Women’s Day came in for applaud from Modi. The prime minister felt it will lead to their empowerment and enhance decision making abilities.
Modi said that to commemorate international Women’s Day, all parties should encourage their women MPs to speak that day besides the Parliament can legislate its day’s agenda.
As Modi was sharing his piece of mind, CPM MP PK Sreemathi shouted, please introduce long pending 33% reservation to Women Bill in Parliament. Similarly, the prime minister was of the view that a day could be chosen to allow only first timer members to speak on different issues so that they can come up with their fresh ideas. On lighter note, he said his suggestion should not be taken since he himself is a first timer in Lok Sabha, representing Varanasi constituency. Prime minister acknowledged that he got inspired by BJD MP Satpathy, who had proposed earlier of dedicating one day just for the members.
The other ideas of going beyond the routine parliamentary business was that a day or two can be spent to have a qualitative discussion on what should be India’s role on sustainable development, primary education, water problems and pending cases in lower courts.
Modi wants executive accountability
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday sought to fix accountability of the executive for better deliverability, as he lamented that due to sparring of political parties bureaucrats “are having a field day”, DHNS reports from New delhi. Insisting that the political class cannot leave the nation to ‘babudom’, Modi felt that respectability of MPs and trust in people have to be restored – a challenge that has to be fought collectively.