'No work no pay' proposals have no acceptance: Dasmunsi

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Mumbai, Feb 4 (UNI) Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Priya ranjan Dasmunsi today said the proposal of 'no work no pay' for parliamentarians and legislators may not be accepted.

Addressing a press conference at the conclusion of day one of the 14th All India Whips conference, Mr Dasmunsi said even Speaker Somnath Chaterjee is of the view that the proposal be implemented.

But, none of the state assemblies including Maharashtra have approved it. ''A majority view was that members of Parliament and Legislature cannot be equated with other working class,'' he informed.

He said the code of conduct for members and proposal of salary cut is being debated at the conference. ''A recommendation for 'no work no pay' may come but is unlikely to be accepted,'' he added.

Concerned over frequent disruptions of Parliament and Legislatures, need for maintaining the sanctity of Question Hour was the highlight of the debates on the first day of the conference, Mr Dasmunsi said.

He said one question is answered after a long procedure and lot of money from the exchequer is spent on it. Mr Dasmunsi also said quorum management was also an important issue for the Whips. Another topic of deliberation was whether assemblies and Parliament should have mandatory timeframe of conducting each session. Another suggestion was assemblies with members less than 100 should have different quantum of business.

Mr Dasmunsi said that he has suggested that Whips Conference be held every year instead of every two years and a monitoring cum implementating mechanism to ensure implementation of the recommendations of the conference.

The minister pointed out that a panel discussion centered around whether Parliamentary standing committee recommendations should be made mandatory on should be held. At present, the standing committee findings are recommendatory in nature. The government normally accepts 90 per cent of the findings which do not bear financial involvement, he added.

''The pros and cons need to be examined and ensured that the acceptance of the findings do not lead to additional financial burden,'' he said.

Mr Dasmunsi said that it is only in Bihar opposition that the chief whip is given the status of MOS while other whips are given the status of Deputy Minister. Representatives from other states felt the status should be extended to whips in their respective states as well.

Mr Dasmunsi said 105 delegates including whips, ministers of parliamentary affairs, chief whips from all the states are participating in the conference. Apart from the delegates, there are 14 observers. Last session at Hyderabad saw 73 delegates, the minister informed.

Increased role and accountability of whips in coalition politics was another topic on the agenda, he said adding that the whips role became important after the anti-defection law was passed.

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