Chandigarh, Sep 21 (UNI) The 73rd Conference of Presiding officers of Legislative Bodies in India held here today, concluded with the participants cutting across the party line to stress the need for memebers to adhere to parliamentary behaviour in the legislative houses and ideally outside also.
Adopting a resolution on the subject, the conference urged upon the leadership of all political parties and other stakeholders to take immediate steps including the formulation of a code of conduct based on a wide consensus to ensure that the Legislators adhere to prescribed norms of conduct in the House.
The Conference, inaugurated by Speaker Lok Sabha Somnath Chatterjee, commenced with discussion on the agenda item, 'Need to evolve Procedural Devices and Frame Rules to Control Unruly Behaviour of the Members, their Entry in the Well of the House, Obstruction in the Business of the House and Ensure improved Time Management'.
In his inaugural address, Mr Chatterjee took strong note of the unruly conduct of the members, disruptions of House proceedings and forced adjournments of the House.
''I have made it unmistakably clear that I will no longer hesitate to invoke the provisions of the Rules of the House in case of gross indicipline in the House,'' he said.
The later speakers strongly supported Mr Chaterjee's stand and stressed that prompt steps must be taken to rein in the unruly behaviour of the elected members otherwise the parliament, a pillar of democracy, would turn into a laughing stock.
The conference also placed on record its deep sympathies for the innocent people who lost their lives or were grievously injured in the recent serial blasts in Delhi and various other parts of the country.
Expressing its distress over the trail of death and devastation caused by the recent floods in Bihar and other parts of the country, the Conference conveyed its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.
The Conference also passed a condolence resolution expressing its deep sense of grief and sorrow at the demise of several Speakers and Deputy Speakers who at one time or other were members of the fraternity of Presiding Officers.
The Conference also placed on record its sincere appreciation of their valuable contributions to the development of the country as also to the enrichment of parliamentary system.
UNI JN BK2002