Lok Sabha secretariat to assist UP Assembly to train new MLAs

Lok Sabha secretariat to assist UP Assembly to train new MLAs


Lok Sabha secretariat to assist UP Assembly to train new MLAs


Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Assembly Speaker Hridya Narayan Dikshit has requisitioned the assistance of the training bureau of the Lok Sabha Secretariat for imparting training to MLAs who were elected for the first time in the 17th Assembly. Over 50 per cent of the MLAs out of the total 403 strength of the House have been elected to the Assembly for the first time. “The training session will be held some time before the first session of the state Assembly. The state government is yet to communicate the legislative business to the state Assembly Secretariat. The session is likely to be convened in June,” said Mr Dikshit said here today. Dikshit during his recent visit to New Delhi had met the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and officials of the Lok Sabha Secretariat had given him a detailed presentation about different wings of the Lok Sabha Secretariat and the functioning of the lower House of Parliament. “The training bureau of the Lok Sabha will depute its team for the training programme for newly-elected MLAs in Lucknow. The bureau officials will have no direct role in the training programme, they will only assist the Assembly Secretariat in imparting the training,” said Dikshit. He added, “The training bureau officials will give relevant inputs for the training syllabus like how the members should participate in the proceedings of the House, frame questions and how to participate in the question hour.” Dikshit said, “The former and sitting members of the House and all those having experience in parliamentary skills and practices will be invited for lectures during the two-day training programme.” “Tentatively, we have planned for the two-day training programme in Lucknow, it could be extended by a day or we can have one more training programme for the first-time MLAs as per the consensus among all parties represented in the state Assembly,” said the Speaker. Asked whether the standard of the debate in the Assembly has deteriorated during the last over two decades following a long spell of regional parties dominating the politics of the state, the Speaker said, “It will be my endeavour for more lively debate in the House on all issues concerning the common people and the interest of the state. "When his attention was drawn towards the abysmal record of the UP Assembly in number of sitting in a year and passage of the budget without debate, Dikshit said, “For the last over three decades, the state Assembly never had even the half 45 days sitting in a year against the stipulated 90 sittings in a year. It’s my wish that that there should be at least 90 sittings of the House in a year and I am confident that all the members of the House would extend their cooperation in achieving this goal.”

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