Orientation programme should organized for the MLAs on the eve of every session: CM 20-02-2015
Chandigarh, February 20 –The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal,wants an orientation programme organized for the MLAs on the eve of every session of the Vidhan Sabha to make them aware of their responsibilities and rights in the House. He was addressing the MLAs on the subject ‘Use of Information and Technology (IT) in the functioning of Vidhan Sabha’ at the MLAs’ Orientation Programme held here today. In order to make MLAs efficient in the use of IT, the state government would organize a 20-hour training programme in collaboration with the Haryana Knowledge Corporation, he said. Apart from this, the MLAs could enroll themselves for the 144-hour course at their own will to become efficient in IT. The Chief Minister asked the MLAs to prepare a data bank of their respective parliamentary constituencies. He said that efforts would be made to ensure that IT requirements of MLAs were fulfilled in the House. “We all can realize the dream of e-Parliament or e-Vidhan Sabha with the use of IT. Democracy is like a gift for us and it is our duty to maintain its dignity”, he added. After its formation, the state government has started CM Window, e-Registration and ‘Harsamay’ Portal to ensure full transparency in the works related to the people of the state. These are yielding fruitful results and efforts are being made now to set up single window system and data-digitization. The Chief Minister said that after elections, the MLAs and the government represent the entire state, not any particular party or person. Therefore, the MLAs would have to work by rising above the party considerations. “We all would have to work against social evils like female foeticide”, he said. Stressing the need for increasing the duration of the Vidhan Sabha session, Mr Manohar Lal said that his government wanted every MLA to get sufficient time to put forth the problems of the people of his area in the House. Presiding over the programme, former Chief Minister, Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda, thanked Vidhan Sabha Speaker, Mr. Kanwar Pal, for organizing this Orientation Programme. Referring to the subject ‘Governor’s Address and Importance of Discussion on Budget’, he said that MLAs should not enter the House without preparation. As the people who have elected them watch the proceedings on television during the session, they should raise the issues pertaining to their areas. Leader of Opposition, Mr. Abhay Chautala, said that it was the responsibility of the Vidhan Sabha Speaker that every MLA should get chance to put forth his views. This would reduce mud-slinging and sarcasm in the House. He welcomed the statement of the state government to increase the duration of the Vidhan Sabha session. Later, the Speaker, Mr. Kanwar Pal, thanked everyone. He said that in all 78 MLAs participated in the Orientation Programme and during which senior members shared their experiences with new members. On this occasion, the Education Minister, Mr. Ram Bilas Sharma, presented his views on ‘Special Rights of MLA’; former Minister and MLA, Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, on ‘Importance of Vidhan Sabha Committees’; MLA Mr. Karan Singh Dalal on ‘Raising Important Issues during Zero Hour’; and MLA Mr. Ranbir Singh on ‘Discussion on Functioning of MLA’. Former Speaker, Mr. Kuldeep Sharma, also presented his views.