Speaker favours Recall of members, satisfied with CPA proceedings

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New Delhi, Sep 28 (UNI) Piqued by unruly behaviour of Members of Parliament and repeated disruptions of the House, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee today favoured recall of members to ensure their accountability.

''If a member is not behaving then it was important to make him behave,'' Mr Chatterjee said, addressing a Press Conference at the conclusion of the week-long 53rd Conference of Commonwealth arliamentarians Association (CPA).

Mr Chatterjee said members are elected by the people to perform and deliver. If. however, they feel that this was not being done then they should have the power to Recall.

The Speaker expressed a similar sentiment at a Pleanry earlier.

''It is time for us to look for devices such as recall to ensure accountability of the members of democratic institutions at all levels, before the common man gets totally disillussioned with the prevailing system", Mr Chatterjee said at the session.

The power to recall was based on the principal that elected members of the representative bodies should be accountable and answerable to their constituents during their term of office.

The Conference had a workshop on 'Right to recall members of parliament for enforcing greater accountability of Parlaiment to the people.' The Speaker said sometimes legislators are involved in activities which are unbecoming of the prestige of representative bodies they have been elected to.

Mr Chatterjee refused to comment on the raging controversy over the Delhi High Court sentencing four journalists of Mid Day for their articles against former Chief Justice of India Y K Sabharwal.

He said there was general appreciation among the delegates of how India has emerged as a mature democracy.

The Speker expressed satisfaction at the proceedings of the Conference and the rich debate it generated.

The event was hosted by the Indian Parliament.


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