Legislators should maintain live approach with people: Singh

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Feb 2019 11:09:46


 

Staff Reporter,

RAIPUR,

Asserting that knowledge of parliamentary procedures, diplomacy, euphemism and pleasant behavior are some of the essential ingredients for becoming an effective Legislator, former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh said Legislators should maintain live approach with people of their respective assembly constituency.  On the occasion of 2-day Orientation Programme being conducted by Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly for the newly-elected Legislators, the AICC General Secretary addressed the legislators at the valedictory session.


On the occasion, Digvijay Singh shared his experiences with the Legislators. Present on the occasion were Speaker Dr Charan Das Mahant, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Leader of Opposition Dharamlal Kaushik, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ravindra Chaubey, School Education Minister Dr Premsai Singh Tekam, senior journalist Amrita Rai, several Ministers, Legislators and Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly Secretary Chandra Shekhar Gangrade.
Sharing his experiences to the Legislators, the AICC General Secretary said by creating pandemonium in the House, no Legislator can cut a niche for himself or herself. It is only his or her knowledge of parliamentary procedures, diplomacy, euphemism and pleasant behavior which come handy as essential ingredients for becoming an effective Legislator. He said the Legislators should never compromise their ideology.


Citing example of Sukma Legislator Kawasi Lakhma, Singh said through live contact and developing approach with people of his respective Assembly constituency, an illiterate person like him has become a successful and effective Legislator. He said the Legislators should maintain cordial relations with people who’re in their opposition.


The former MP Chief Minister while addressing the august gathering, however expressed concern on the absence of Legislators from the House, particularly when it is conducting its most significance business, i.e. enacting law or legal provisions. He called upon the Legislators to sincerely attend the Assembly proceedings during every session and participate in the proceedings by strongly putting up their side authentically.


Addressing the august gathering, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said by attending the assembly proceedings sincerely the Legislator can learn the parliamentary rules and procedures. He said the Legislators should not only put their side in the House strongly but should ensure that the government of the day is taking action on the same.


He said an effective Legislator should be well acquainted with the geographical and social knowledge of respective assembly segment. He said the Legislators should ask questions on all subjects pertaining to his or her respective segment or on any pressing development in the state. Every Legislator through his or her experience should try to gain mastery on subjects on which questions can be raised in the House effectively, he said.


In his welcome speech Speaker Dr Charan Das Mahant introduced AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh to the newly elected Legislators and stated that he is one such leader who’s a model for all political leaders. By seeking guidance on parliamentary knowledge, every Legislator can improve to an effective Legislator. He said of the total 90 Legislators in the House, 44 Legislators are from agriculture field, 19 are businessmen, three are lawyers, six are doctors and social workers. One Legislator has come from a very humble background. Before being elected to the House, he was working as a labourer.


Thus, the Fifth Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly comprises of unique coordination of people representing almost every field. During the 2-day Orientation Programme, former Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ravindra Chaubey, Additional Chief Secretary Amitabh Jain and many other dignitaries shared their expertise with the Legislators.