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23 JUNE, 2017 (MAINS)

TODAYS ANSWER WRITING CHALLENGE FROM GS-III

 

Q1.  “The recent washout of the Parliament session has symbolized the abandonment of the spirit of give-and-take among political class which brought Indian parliamentary democracy’s most deliberative process to a grinding halt.” Critically analyze the decline of the Parliament. What remedial steps do you suggest in this context? (200 words)

 

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  • Osho Korde

    Indian parliament is faced with the problem of declining standards of debates, decorum and discipline. The problem of absenteeism in the house has increased in proportion to an increase in the indifference of Politicians towards public issues. A nexus between politicians and the business groups corrupts the parliamentary process. Party politics and politics of survival are also responsible for declining standards.
    disrupting parliamentary activity through walkouts, the staging of dharnas and gheraos of ministers without reasonable ceases are also indicating towards parliamentary decline.

    Today, the parliamentarians lack vision, commitment, quality and competence for nation-building. They use parliament as a body of legitimization of personal and class dominance by the party.

    The following factors should be best avoided as a remedy for decline of parliament:
    (a) The Parliament has neither time nor expertise to control the administration which has grown in volume as well as complexity.
    (b) Parliament’s financial control is hindered by the technical nature of the demands for grants.
    (c) The very size of the Parliament is too large and unmanageable to be effective.
    (d) The majority support enjoyed by the Executive in the Parliament reduces the possibility of effective criticism.
    (e) The growth of ‘delegated legislation’ has reduced the role of Parliament in making detailed laws and has increased the powers of bureaucracy.
    (f) The frequent promulgation of ordinances by the president dilutes the Parliament’s power of legislation.
    (h) The Parliament’s control is sporadic, general and mostly political in nature.
    (i) Lack of strong and steady opposition in the Parliament.