AGARTALA, May 31 - The quality of discussions in Parliament has been deteriorating and the lawmakers� viewpoint and participation must be improved, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said here on Tuesday.
�The quality of deliberation of Parliamentarians has been deteriorating, and their viewpoint and participation must be enhanced,� Mahajan said after inaugurating the two-day conference of North East Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. She said: �To improve the ideas of the Parliamentarians and for a better understanding of the contemporary issues, they can take the support of the Speaker�s Research Initiative, set up on July 23 last year�.
She also stressed on the need for holding quality debates to strengthen people�s faith in the legislative institutions. �Most of the times during their discussions in Parliament the MPs concentrate their views only on their constituency. In their speeches in Parliament they must reflect the entire picture of the country,� she added.
Mahajan said that legislators in a parliamentary democracy represent the hopes and aspirations of the people. Therefore, they need to periodically introspect their roles and responsibilities.
Highlighting issues of NE States, she said that India cannot be developed without the development of the Northeast region. �The present Central government is also attaching high importance for an all-round development of Northeast India,� Mahajan said.
�On the political spectrum, the northeastern States have two dynamic and experienced Chief Ministers � Tripura�s Manik Sarkar and Sikkim�s Pawan Kumar Chamling. Recently, a young and dynamic leader has taken charge as Assam�s Chief Minister (Sarbananda Sonowal). You have dynamic leaders in the Northeast and have dynamic young generation,� she added. �I am sure that the leaders from the Northeast with their energy, experience, vision and sense of purpose will write a glorious chapter in the development of the region�. � IANS