Recognising the disconnect between people and the Parliament world over, lawmakers in India and UK underlined the need to restore “respect” and “faith” of people in their elected representatives.
These views were expressed at the day-long meeting of the Forum of United Kingdom and Indian Parliamentarians, which was organised by the O.P. Jindal Global University at its campus on Sunday. Shadow leader of the House of Lords, Rt Hon. Baroness Royall of Blaisdon, led the 10-member UK Commonwealth Parliamentary Association delegation. Naveen Jindal, Dr E.M. Sudarsana Natchiappan and Avinash Pande represented the Indian MPs delegation.
Mr Blaisdon said that legislations are often badly drafted and stressed the need for greater pre- and post-legislative scrutiny. “There is a need to be wary about the secondary or subordinate legislation,” he said. Nigel Evans, deputy speaker, House of Commons, UK observed that IT revolution posed a great challenge to the manner in which India and UK governed themselves, adding that people will demand greater involvement. Referring to e-petitions, he noted that people are able to mount pressure on what subjects MPs must debate.
Speaker of the Haryana legislative Assembly, Kuldeep Sharma said, “A churning process is underway in the Indian system and public policy is at a crossroads.” Referring to the recent agitations, Mr Sharma asserted that public policy or laws couldn’t be made on the streets, adding, “We cannot allow the civil society to hijack issues, and I urge legislators to introspect on why they have become vulnerable.”
Mr Jindal stressed on the need to improve the quality of governance and various service delivery mechanisms to make the country stronger. He said that there is a lot to learn from the best practices in UK and the rest of the world.