Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Mar 2018 11:25:42









ONLY the other day, Vice-President Mr. Venkaiah Naidu had expressed concern over falling standards in the conduct of legislators in legislative houses with undesirable elements occupying positions of law-makers. Chairperson of the Telangana Legislative Council Mr. K. Swamy Goud has had the test of falling standards of behaviour when he got hit in the eye by a missile thrown by a legislator. It is this rowdy behaviour during the course of legislative sessions by legislators, whether in Parliament or in State Assemblies, that should send alarm bells ringing among those who claim to be the law-makers and representatives of the people. With no holds barred protests and agitations the consequences could be no different. It is time political parties lay down a code of conduct for their members, not only within the confines of legislative houses but also in public places. Apart from causing physical injuries, such behaviour has the potential to erode public image of the public representatives and that of the august institutions.


POOR PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has reason to be happy that his Government could launch schemes that aim to alleviate the sufferings of the poor. For example he cited the Ayushman Bharat and Pradhan Mantri Poshan Yojna. The launch of these schemes shows the Government’s concern over the sufferings of the deprived millions and the desire to mitigate them. The motive is indeed noble and much needed. Such initiative is part of the Prime Minister’s mission of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas.’ The Government would be spending crores of rupees on implementing these welfare schemes in the next few years. However, their success would largely depend on the response the bureaucracy gives in realising the goals of the schemes. It is not just the meeting of targets but the changes in the quality of lives of targeted sections of the population that would be of much bigger consequence. Then only the purpose of launching the schemes would be served. Success of the welfare measures would largely depend on the administration.