Restoring glory of August House: Modi Govt formalising code of conduct for MPs

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New Delhi, Oct 13: After a new website to track the attendance of Government employees, now it seems that the Modi government will take up the task of formalising the code of conduct for MPs. The centre is said to be mulling over the code for MPs to ensure the House decorum.

This code of conduct for Members of Parliament and state legislators seeks to avoid the kind of problems that had stalled the functioning of Parliament during the last session of the UPA II government.

Codification of Privileges of Legislatures and their Members will be debated by the Whips of Parliament and Legislatures and the Ministers of Parliamentary Affairs of all states during a two day meet beginning on Monday i.e October 13, 2014 in Goa.

Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs M Venkaiah Naidu said proposals for allocating one full day a week for Private Members' Bills and Resolutions during the sessions of Parliament and Legislatures of States/UTs and evolving a Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament and Legislatures of States to enhance the public perception of and credibility of law making institutions.

The long-pending issue of codification of privileges and repeated disruptions in Parliament and state Assemblies will be among the crucial subjects to be discussed at the two-day meet of whips of Parliament and Legislatures.

The eight point Agenda for the Conference include: Codification of Privileges, Taking up Private Members' Bills and Resolutions for a full day every week, Code of Conduct for Legislators, Ensuring Discipline and Decorum in the Houses, Floor Management in the House and the Increased Role and Accountability of Whips, Ways and Means of Ensuring Continued Presence of Members in the Houses and Increasing the Volume of Transaction of Business, Professional Training and Research Assistance for Legislators and e-Parliament/Legislatures through Increased Use of Information and Communication Technology.

The conference will also deliberate on 'Parliamentary Etiquette' as established by customs, conventions and rules a and will examine if a specified 'Model Code of Conduct' need to be evolved for adherence so as to enhance the stature of legislatures and their members.

The two-day conference which started on October 13 is 16th All India Whips Conference and was organised first in 1952 in Indore.

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