Rajya Sabha expands ambit of receiving complaints

Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 26

The Rajya Sabha has expanded its ambit of receiving complaints in regard to breach of normative conduct on the a part of its Members.

The reformative measure has been rung in after the difficulty remained in abeyance for 16 lengthy years.

Rajya Sabha’s Secretariat has knowledgeable its members that the House’s Ethics Committee has authorised two of its officers  “to obtain complaints of alleged moral misconduct and violation of Code of Conduct in opposition to the Members.

The measure is in furtherance of a call of the Committee on Ethics of the House beneath Rules formulated in 2004 empowering the Committee to take action.

The Committee, in its assembly final week, determined to authorise a Director and an Additional Director connected with it to obtain complaints in opposition to the Members of the House.

The current association was restrictive as a result of solely complaints addressed to the Committee have been legitimate for examination.

Rule 295 (4) of the Rules of Procedure of the House offers {that a} criticism needs to be addressed in writing to the Committee, or to an officer authorised by it, however this authorisation saved hanging fireplace.   

The authorisation was now executed, for the primary time after sixteen years, within the first assembly chaired by BJP Member Shiv Pratap Shukla, who was nominated as Chairman of the Committee by Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu.  

During the assembly, Shukla said that Naidu was eager on Committee being extra proactive.

Shukla urged the members of the Committee to handle ambiguities  within the current guidelines referring to taking on complaints based mostly on media experiences and obtained by way of mail for its efficient functioning.

The Committee of Rajya Sabha was constituted in March 1997 as an inside self-regulatory mechanism of the Council to supervise the ethical and moral conduct of the members and to look at the circumstances referred to it.

Prior to July 2004, the principles relevant to the Committee of Privileges have been utilized to it.

In 2004, guidelines have been integrated within the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business within the Council of States specifying its features, process for making complaints and many others. 

The Committee, in its first Report in 1999 formulated a 14-point Code of Conduct for Members of the Rajya Sabha enjoining upon them to not do something that introduced disrepute to the Parliament and affected their credibility.

Other prescriptions have been to make sure that their personal monetary pursuits didn’t are available battle with the general public curiosity, to not be disrespectful to any faith and work for the promotion of secular values, sustaining excessive requirements of morality, dignity, decency and values.


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