Parliament system under
stress, reforms needed for speedy decisions: P Chidambaram
PTI, December 20, 2012
the behaviour of Parliament members over the quota bill in the
Lok Sabha, Finance Minister P Chidambaram today made a strong
case for governance reforms so that quick decisions can be taken
in the interest of the nation.
"...we must reform
governance in this country. We must reform governance within the
Parliamentary system. The Parliamentary system is in great
stress," he said after being conferred the Best Administrator of
India Award- 2012 by the K Karunakaran Foundation here.
"I think the gravest
crisis that faces India is the challenge in the system of
Parliamentary democracy. I think we must work together to ensure
that governance does not suffer in the thrust and parry, in the
give and take and the battleground that Parliament has become
today," he said.
P Chidambaram made a
strong case for governance reforms so that quick decisions can
remarks come a day after a Samajwadi Party member stunned the
Lok Sabha by snatching the copy of the bill for quota in
promotion from Minister V Narayanasamy and another member
tearing it as a scuffle broke out when Congress chief Sonia
Gandhi tried to retrieve the Bill.
The action of SP
member Yashvir Singh, a dalit, triggered commotion and scuffle
between members of his party and the Congress, who threw a
protective ring around Gandhi in the Well of the House.
Disruptions in the
Parliamentary proceeding have become a regular phenomenon. The
previous Monsoon session was a complete washout as stiff
opposition over coal scam did not let Parliament function. As a
result, many important Bills could be cleared.
Even in the ensuing
Winter Session, disruptions have led to adjournments of both the
Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. Chidambaram said that elected
representatives should take quick decisions and work towards
"It is important
that as elected representatives of the people we face
challenges, take decisions and get on to the task of nation
building," he added.
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