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NEW LEGISLATORS AND CABINET MINISTERS FAIL TO UNDERSTAND THE VALUE OF TIME AND PUBLIC MONEY AS ABSENTEEISM CONTINUES TO HAUNT STATE ASSEMBLY

legislator-3Once again the on going state sessions are being marred due to absenteeism of legislators. With 160 new legislators in the house, most are seen coming at question answer round, signing the muster and leaving the house while even cabinet and state ministers remain absent. At a two-day induction program held for newly elected legislators last year, veteran legislator B T Deshmukh held forth on how legislators could use the legislature and its rules to resolve the most difficult problem in their constituency without having to do the rounds of the offices of ministers. But his wisdom and experience seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Attending the legislative assembly proceedings has become a daily chore for a majority of the legislators, including cabinet ministers. Since March 18, few legislators have thought it important to devote their time to legislative proceedings. Not only legislators, even the absenteeism of cabinet and state ministers has led to delay in presenting bills. Leader of the Opposition in the legislative assembly, Eknath Khadse said legislators had to sign the muster only once during the day. A number of them attend the question hour and calling attention motion and then slip out. Often, there is no quorum to introduce. Parliamentary affairs minister Harshvardhan Patil said he had briefed CM Ashok Chavan about this. There are 160 new legislators who perhaps did not understand the need to sit through the proceedings. Party leaders are planning to hold a meeting with their MLAs to enlighten them about the importance of the legislature and ensure that there are no absentees next time. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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