Somnath interacts with 7-member British delegation

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New Delhi, Sep 3 (UNI) A seven-member British delegation of the Liberal Democrat Friends of India (LDFIN) MPs called on Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee here today.

During their meeting, the delegation led by Dr Vincent Cable, MP and Deputy leader, Liberal Democrats and Liberal Democrats Shadow Chancellor of Exchequer in Parliament observed that overwhelming electoral participation is the sine qua non of the liveliness of India's pulsating parliamentary democracy.

Responding to queries from the members of the visiting delegation, Mr Chatterjee referred to various initiatives aimed at bringing Parliament closer to the people, such as the Lok Sabha Television, which is one of its kind in the world; Parliamentary Fora on themes like climate change, children, population, Parliament Museum, and Lecture Series for Members of Parliament.

He also lauded the role of the Parliamentary Standing Committees and said the Committees function on a non-partisan basis, affording an opportunity to the members to develop expertise in specialised fields.

Mr Chatterjee expressed regret that the best speeches of Parliamentarians, at times, are not reported in the media while scenes of disruption find extensive coverage.

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