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Bikky Khosla | 12 Aug, 2015
The monsoon session of the Parliament will officially end on August 13 and till now there is no end in sight to the ongoing deadlock. Productivity of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha stood at 10 percent and 7 percent respectively till July 30. It has become clearly evident that the opposition has held the Parliament to ransom while the government has failed in its responsibility to manage the floor efficiently. The Congress is doing the same what the BJP did when it was in opposition and in this politics of obstructionism, reform hopes are fading away.

What do we elect our representatives for? In parliamentary system of government, an alert, fearless and  vigilant opposition is imperative. It is the opposition that must uphold the best interests of the nation and ensure that the Government does not take any anti-people steps. We do not elect them to throw a tantrum and walk out when they should be sorting things out. Does it entitle the opposition the right to disrupt the Parliament only because the ruling party did the same when it was in opposition? Is it wise for them to put forward an alternative view even if the national interest dictates otherwise?

On the other hand, the ruling party -  disruptions and obstructionist attitude of which resulted in 63 percent productivity of the Parliament during the UPA-2 tenure - should learn a lesson from this. At the same time,  it should do its best to reach out non-NDA parties to gather support for its reform bills. Already, it has become clear that the Land Bill will not come to the Parliament before the winter session and it is very likely that the GST bill, which is seen as a test case of the NDA's reform agenda, will meet the same fate, with the Congress refusing to call of protest to allow a discussion on the bill. Needless to say, this will be a big blow to the reform efforts.

Meanwhile, while the ongoing Parliament logjam has brought the "no work no pay" debate again to the fore, ironically majority of members from all political parties in a Parliamentary panel recently unanimously demanded salary hike. At present, an MP takes home a whopping salary, but the panel members feel that this amount is "much less" than those in other Commonwealth Nations. But unfortunately most of our elected representatives show little concern over the tax payers' money going down the drain due to Parliament lockdown and the evil effects of obstructionism on the economy.

I invite your opinions.
 
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Hopeless Congress party
Lakshay Sally | Sat Aug 22 06:03:31 2015
Congress is so hopeless that after looting India for ten years, now they sit in the opposition to ruin the country for another 5 years... Mr. Rahul Gandhi is a bane India....


Parliament chaos wipes away reform hopes
Anand Tatavarty | Sun Aug 16 09:17:21 2015
No one is interested on Nation development and productivity.They are forgetting intentionally that their Salaries perks Travel facilities and most economical food at Parliament canteen is from our pockets.What I request in addition to sacrifice LPG subsidy let them be kind enough to sacrifice luxuries do not demand further and concentrate to serve people in the interest of Poor/common man.They do not care intentionally for a day expenditure to run Parliament which is at the cost of us.I request them to allow to run Parliament in the interest of Public who voted them but not in the Party's interest.


Parliament Chaos
Babu G | Sun Aug 16 06:44:04 2015
If the people choose not to elect any party, they should keep quiet for the term and co-operate with the ruling party. That's known as serving the nation from within the parliament instead of behaving like schoolboys with hooliganism and anarchy. Look at other developed countries and learn. The moment they come to know their party lost the election, they keep quiet and shake hand with one who won the election and work together for the nation of course with healthy criticism.


Parliament Chaos
JACOB PARAVILA G | Sun Aug 16 06:36:14 2015
Irrespective of the political parties, opposition should play their role with utmost responsibility - progress of the country and welfare fo the public (voters). The intentional unhealty practices will pull the nation backward only. Act responsibly.


Parliament chaos wipes away reform hopes
Natarajab | Sat Aug 15 17:08:23 2015
It is evident that Modi is following the path of Mr.Manmohan Singh by keeping quite and avoiding the debate too.Either he understood the pressure of PM responsibility or not able to keep his promises of electoral campaigning.


Witten by RSS Minded Person hiding the Truth
Truth Alld | Sat Aug 15 05:52:39 2015
It seem the writer is RSS/Modi Bhakt. He is not revealing the reason for Parliament logjam....Why congress or other oppositions are protesting? They are asking to Badbole PM-Modi to sack its Minister and CMs because they did very big crime. Sushma Swaraj & W.Raje Sindhia were helping the fugitive criminal L.Modi secretly and other is involved in Vyapam Scam which is so big where around 50 related people have been gilled by conspirator. After taking case of Vyapam, the CBI said it is so big to handle...During UPA2 when the BJP was protesting to get resign of Ministers the Congress has sacked many like -A. Raja, Kanimojhi, even P.Chidambram etc. But the BJP do not have moral. PM is running here and there but not daring to come Parliament to face challenge.


Uplifting the masses.
Roger South Africa | Fri Aug 14 20:19:44 2015
For a moment I thought it was all about South Africa. Just about word for word. You didn't mention anything about absolute blatant corruption; nepotism; incompetence and graft on a huge scale, plus "instant gratification" and "entitlement". South Africa is a Country ast going if not already "down the tubes". Interesting the Indian political scene is a reflection of Africa and now South Africa.


No work no pay
Arvind N. Kamathr | Fri Aug 14 17:33:28 2015
When a worker does not get his pay on strike day how can elected members can get salary on their protest day ? So I feel the no work no pay will also apply to elected members .


A HUGHE COMMENT...!
jaimepedro | Fri Aug 14 12:47:29 2015
Here in Mexico as in India we are looking forward for a TWO and opposing POWERS as they were in the past THE SOCIALIST AND THE CAPITALIST WAY OF BEINGS.. ... Now with Just ONE!!! this world is in the hands away of SHIVA!!!(or very close)...!!!


Parliament chaos wipes away reform hopes
R.M.K.Mohan | Fri Aug 14 10:59:22 2015
The earlier ruling party already faced the consequences for their doings. With great expectations people had chosen the present Government. The same story should not be repeated. They may not be answerable to the opposition. But, they should clarify to the people of the country on the allegations. No healthy discussions are taking place the parliament. At the same time the constitutional amendments may be required to force for the discussion on bills and voting on all the bills that were scheduled.


No work No Pay
Sanjay Singh | Fri Aug 14 07:28:24 2015
POLITICS IS A BUSINESS HERE IN INDIA. Congress has done this business with keeping white collar for themselves and Durt for India. India is paying price for POLITICAL PARTIES vote bank agenda. We (Indian's) are suffering on daily basis. I am also paying their salaries and perks. I cannot allow them to misuse my hard earned money. They are putting barrier in my progress. I have only faith in Hon'ble Supreme Court and wish should step in and teach them what is their job. Jai Hind


Parliament chaos
B.K.Vetrivel | Fri Aug 14 06:52:15 2015
We elect our representatives to truly represent our requirements. We contribute to pay their salary and other perks. We expect them to make a law for themselves how to be productive rather fighting to achieve their personal coals to become rich. What our constitution looks in to such unproductive acts of members of Parliament or Assembly. Are they not public servants as per Constitution? If so why not Supreme Court interfere to correct or punish our representatives?. If Public servants are non-productive and draw their salary-Will Government keep silence? !!!! Are these elected members are not answerable? Why should we wait for five years to punish them?


parliament chaos
Vikram Kaushal Singh Industrial consultant | Fri Aug 14 06:39:40 2015
I agree with you that opposition is taking country to ransom in not allowing reforms to get the better shape for future. When mostly there is an agreement on basics why delay on some different points.Every point needs to be debated. But not this way.There has to be some debate for the nations cause first & not politicise issues.


PARLIAMENT CHAOS WIPES AWAY REFORM HOPES
AEPL | Fri Aug 14 05:40:22 2015
SIR, IT HAS NOT ONLY WIPED OFF REFORM HOPES BUT ALSO OUR-HONEST TAX PAYERS MONEY IS WASTED BY THESE POLITICIANS. OVER AND ABOVE THEY WANT HIKE IN THEIR EMOLUMENTS!!!!!! INSTEAD OF A HIKE THEIR EMOLUMENTS SHOULD BE DEDUCTED FOR WASTE OF PARLIAMENT TIME SIMILARLY THEY IMPOSE SALARY CUT WHEN ANY EMPLOYEE STRIKES IN THIS COUNTRY. WHY SHOULD THERE BE PARTIALITY AND THEY SHOULD NOT BE PENALISED FOR WASTING THE TIME OF DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED PARLIAMENT BY US. THEY ARE THE SERVANTS OF THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY. OVER AND ABOVE THEY ONLY HAVE PASSED BILLS OF DECLARING ALL BANK ACCOUNTS OR RATHER IMPOSED UPON THE PEOPLE AND THE TAX PAYERS THAT THEIR PRIVATE INFORMATION BE EXPOSED IN ONE WAY. IS IT NOT THE ATTACK ON HUMAN RIGHTS? HAS A TAX PAYER NOT HAVE THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT THAT HIS PRIVATE FINANCIAL INFORMATION SHOULD NOT BE SHARED???? WHAT IS THE GUARANTEE THAT THIS SHARING OF INFORMATION WILL NOT GIVE RISE TO BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION. BANKS ARE DEDUCTING TAX EVEN ON ACCRUED INTEREST!!! FOR WHAT THESE PARLIAMENTARIANS TO HAVE ALL THIS NAUTANKI IN THE PARLIAMENT AND VIPS AND VVIPS TO HAVE FOREIGN TRIPS???


Oppositions Behavior in Parliament
T P Malik | Fri Aug 14 05:20:18 2015
We in India unfortunately are not much tuned to self discipline/restrain but if rules are there we try to be within those (except for some elements) and this applies to even at very important areas also.Therefore, there appears a strong need of a rule that the obstructions can not be there in Parliament for more than one hour in a day and rest of the time discussion must be there, what come may.


Parliament chaos wipes away reform hopes
A V Chandran | Fri Aug 14 05:11:20 2015
Protest in Parliament could be handled by virtue of critical problem assessment, proposal of solution and resolution taking into confidence of ruling and opposition in terms of democratic values, ways and means. Failure of all these factors will have direct repercussion on rulers as they have to respect their responsibilities in terms of oath of office involving micro to macro reforms of the great Nation.


India's priority
Zacharia Mathews | Fri Aug 14 05:09:18 2015
Democracy values should be translated for the development of the country through constructive dialogue, rather not through disruptions of the parliamentary proceedings. As a citizen of India, we need development of the country and do not be at least be bothered about their political ambitions. Hope all political parties rise beyond sloganism and work for the country and not against.


Parliament chaos wipes away reform hopes
Kashyap Bhatt | Fri Aug 14 05:01:40 2015
After 67 years of independence we are ashamed to see worst then street dog fight in Parliament. Late Jawaharlal Nehru under British influence forced Mahatma Gandhi for Parliamentary system. Parliamentary system in India has miserably failed due to the fact that illiterate, undisciplined and irresponsible members of parliament are elected on the bases of cast, religion, richness and politically divided India. Legal system has also failed because the President who is a head of legal system is elected by political party having majority where the President is at their mercy. President should be elected by public directly. India is the only country where we have two parallel administrations at state level: 1. State Assembly and 2. Panchayat, both elected by public! Mahatma Gandhi knew about these problems and he thought about Panchayat Rajya for people to solve their problems locally which would have made simultaneous growth of India. Now, Hon. Mr. Modi under BJP’s majority government should discontinue parliamentary system and strengthen Panchayat Rajya to save double administration expenses we are paying, will control corruption and conspiracy of public funds, will maintain law and order and rural areas will develop and prosperous, no further political division of India by increasing more states and more expenses. Panchayat Rajya will prosper and organize India in less than 15 years a better country the USA and will be a role model for other developing countries to follow.


parliamentary reforms
janess b | Fri Aug 14 04:46:38 2015
There should be punitive steps taken by speaker towards hooliganism from any party


Parliament chaos
P. Shrirang | Thu Aug 13 13:49:41 2015
We elect culprits, murderers and law offenders to represent us in parliament.What else should we expect from them.Our parliament has always been a place of chaos(at least for last 15-20 years) and will remain so if strict code of conduct is not implemented. The punishment should be ban for life. Those who do not take part in business of house or have less than 75% attendance should be recalled. There should be no free air or Rail travel for them. They should buy tickets for official tours and charge to their department budgets like other Govt officers. Why is there no common rule for all citizens of the country? Why should they not retire at 58 or 60 years when ordinary clerks are considered unfit to carry on their duties and have to leave their much needed jobs? Is this the meaning of "Equality to all" as per our great constitution?


Parliament chaos
P. Shrirang | Thu Aug 13 13:48:58 2015
We elect culprits, murderers and law offenders to represent us in parliament.What else should we expect from them.Our parliament has always been a place of chaos(at least for last 15-20 years) and will remain so if strict code of conduct is not implemented. The punishment should be ban for life. Those who do not take part in business of house or have less than 75% attendance should be recalled. There should be no free air or Rail travel for them. They should buy tickets for official tours and charge to their department budgets like other Govt officers. Why is there no common rule for all citizens of the country? Why should they not retire at 58 or 60 years when ordinary clerks are considered unfit to carry on their duties and have to leave their much needed jobs? Is this the meaning of "Equality to all" as per our great constitution?


Parliament chaos wipes away reform hopes
A true patriot--A true Indian | Thu Aug 13 11:00:20 2015
Members of parliament are representative of 125 crore Indians. We hope they move our country forward but the way they have shown their irresponsibility has forced us to think whether democracy is justified for the country like India.The behavior of our elected representative does not show maturity from both the sides. No work no pay must be applied but who will compensate this huge loss of whole session. N.D.A.= U.P.A. No difference We need change in system. We need change in constitution.


Reforms
Madhu K. Nair | Thu Aug 13 09:35:07 2015
44 self committed people who owe nothing to the voters or the country on the whole (as proved by their actions) could take the government and the country to ransom. Such corrupt regime it was UPA, why didn't this government had the foresight that they are dealing with corrupt, obstinate and experienced rogues and have to fix them up before hand so as to keep them in their own houses. there lies the mistake according to me.


Parliment Chaos
Sajni Khanna | Thu Aug 13 08:57:08 2015
It is sad that NOBODY thinks about the country first...its fill my EGO first then think I feel the Indian Public should demand the resignation of all these MPs and also should demand explanation. A petition should be signed and sent to the president of India How can we move forward when all we do is regress ? I am ashamed of my vote and feel it has been in vain


Parliament July-Aug.15 session
P.S.Biradar | Thu Aug 13 07:57:16 2015
It is really "Macchi Ka Bazar". Every Parliamentarian has ego problem. Opposition is ensuring that Govt.should not work smoothly. In this situation, ordinary man will be affected. Like this, we cannot do any development in the country. Why Parliamentarian is expecting more perks. At present, they are getting much more than they deserve. I have observed sessions on TV. Most of the Parliamentarians are sleeping. Such people should be identified and sent to their home directly. Overall, Govt.is unable to handle the houses. One thing, I don't understand why the Prime Minister is not intervening and try to convince the Opposition. Overall, if we go on disturbing the sessions like this, we cannot do a single development work in 5 years. Instead of discussing in Parliament, every Parliamentarian should be sent to their respective Constituents to do some development work.


Passage of GST Bill in Parliment
Pradip.P | Thu Aug 13 03:59:37 2015
If the GST Bill is so Important & Mr Modi wants to go ahead with it, Then why not Sacrifice his Minister / Ministers. ( By asking for Resignations, till they have been proven innocent.) for the Betterment of the Masses. As such no Sacrifices had been there by the RSS in our Freedom Struggle 7 also thereafter.

  Re: Passage of GST Bill in Parliment
Madhu K. Nair | Thu Aug 13 09:37:17 2015
Sorry friend, NaMo's mistake is that he should have fixed the Gandhi family with their sins well in time. He might have thought any action against them - however genuine it may be - will raise public outrage that he is doing vendetta politics. But that has proved costly. Why should he ask his ministers to resign?

  Re: Passage of GST Bill in Parliment
lalit modi | Fri Aug 14 04:08:27 2015
Perfectly said. If tainted were drop down, the session will automatically run. This is the failure of Mr.feku

  Re: Passage of GST Bill in Parliment
XYZ | Fri Aug 14 05:43:20 2015
PERFECTLY RIGHT. I WOULD STATE THAT WHY NOT CURTAIL FOREIGN TRIPS AND USE THE MONEY FOR DEVELOPMENT OF THE ECONOMICALLY BACKWARD PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY RATHER THAN DOING THIS TAMASHA SEEN BY THE WHOLE WORLD AND MOREOVER BECAME A LAUGHING STOCK FOR THE PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION FROM THE KINGDOM OF BHUTAN. SHAME ON ELECTED MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT. ALL PARTIES ARE RESPONSIBLE. CUT THEIR ALLOWANCES FOR THE WHOLE 26 DAYS AND CREDIT IN THE COUNTRY'S COFFERS.


Parliament chaos wipes away reform hopes
S.D.Mathur | Thu Aug 13 03:24:01 2015
You are right. We should all press for the No Work No Pay rule to be applied to Parliament. These wretched people think they are not answerable to anyone.

  Re: Parliament chaos wipes away reform hopes
Madhu K. Nair | Thu Aug 13 09:39:15 2015
Yes..it should be passed in this session itself as no other business has been transacted so far.


Running of Parlament
Jagdish Maniar | Thu Aug 13 03:18:47 2015
No matter which party is in rulling & which in opposition, in any case the sessions of Parliament should run smoothly, if its is not running due to any reason, same period allowances & salaries must be deducted from the ALL members,Keeping in mind no money of no work rule which is being followed by rest of all the people of any category within the INDIA.

  Re: Running of Parlament
ABC | Fri Aug 14 05:44:38 2015
Impose no work no pay rule even for the parliament both LS and RS. WHY THAT RULE SHOULD BE ONLY TO NON PARLIAMENTARIANS.???


Need Ombudsman
Satheesh | Thu Aug 13 02:44:15 2015
We need ombudsmen to monitor politicians, they feel they are above everything and they are worried only about this person growth. They compare themselves to a CEO of a company who is fired or does not get salary if the company is not performing. Why they do not compare their accountability with CEO's accountability ?. We seriously need ombudsman agency to control this illiterate, immature, senseless politicians. They are the people responsible for all the nonsense happening in our country (corruption, communal violence).


 
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