Parliament House Current Affairs - 2019

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Vice President unveils 15-point reform on Parliament Functioning

On October 29, 2019, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu unveiled a 15-point reform charter for a new political normal to enable effective functioning of the Parliament and State Legislatures.

The Charter

  • The pre and post Legislative Impact should be assessed
  • The functioning of Department related Standing Committees of Parliament should be ensured through longer tenures instead of reconstitution every year as at present. The recommendations to the committee should be based on academic backgrounds.
  • The minimum number of sittings for both the Parliament and State Legislatures per year should be approximately prescribed
  • The law makers should abide by the rules of the house. The political parties should take responsibility be enforcing a code of conduct
  • Rules should be framed that take automatic effect against erring members in case of interruptions and disruptions
  • The political parties should ensure at least 50% attendance of the members of legislatures everyday to address the issues of lack of quorum
  • The secretariats of legislatures should publish regular reports on the attendance of members during the proceedings.
  • The functioning of anti-defection law and whip system should be reviewed

PM inaugurates Dynamic Facade Lighting in Parliament House

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Dynamic Facade Lighting of Parliament House Estate in presence of Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, and Union Ministers including Hardeep Puri and Jitendra Singh.

About Dynamic Facade Lighting

Work of dynamic facade lighting was initiated on 20 July 2019 by Central Public Works Department (CPWD) and completed in just 22 days.

Power Efficient: As many as 875 energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lights have been installed in Parliament Complex. These are power efficient and uses only one-fifth (20%) of electricity as compared to other types of lights. These long-lasting, excellent intensity LED bulbs are capable of creating over 16 million colour combinations.

Areas Included: The dynamic facade lighting includes Parliament House, Parliament Library Building and Parliament House Annexe buildings and the power consumption in these buildings will be about 26 KW, 15 KW and 12 KW respectively.

Cost Recovery: Considering expenditure involved in traditional temporary illumination (of 10-15 days), the cost of installing permanent dynamic LED facade lighting (available for all 365 days) is recoverable in 8.2 years.

Innovative Lightning: The LED lighting is programmable and electronically controlled through computers. Dynamic lighting system through intermittent multi-colour lights creates an aura and enhances grandeur of Parliament House. The innovative and inspirational lighting has been executed on lines of surrounding areas of Parliament House Estate.

These beautiful lights will illuminate beautiful Parliament building all round year would enhance the beauty and visibility of the Parliament building. Prior to this, such lightings were installed in North Block and South Block.