Whip 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

Government to launch e-Sansad and e-Vidhan in Parliament and State

The Union Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs (MoPA) has proposed rolling out of e-Sansad in Parliament and e-Vidhan in State Legislatures to digitize and make their functioning paperless.

It was announced by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar after inaugurating 18th All India Whips’ Conference in Udaipur, Rajasthan.

e-Sansad and e-Vidhan

They are mission mode projects of Union Government under Digital India to make the functioning of Parliament and State Legislatures paperless. They aim to digitise and make available Parliament and state legislature documents, including debates, speeches, committee reports and questions on internet.

MoPA is the Nodal Ministry for implementation of both the projects. These projects will make functioning of Parliament and State Legislatures participative, responsive, transparent, productive and more accountable to public. They will make the entire Legislative process more efficient. They are environment-friendly initiatives in line with the Go Green initiative of the government.

18th All India Whips’ Conference

The two-day conference was organised by Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs (MoPA) focused on the efficient functioning of legislatures. Delegates participating in made suggestions and recommendations for making the rolling out of e-Vidhan a success.  It also made other recommendations for smooth and efficient working of Parliament and the state legislatures in the light of the experience gained by the whips.

Whip

A whip is a member of political party’s parliamentary body responsible for discipline within the party. Their main job is ensuring that their members in Parliament and legislature vote in line with the party’s official policy on important issues. The office of whip is neither mentioned in constitution of India nor in the Rules of the House nor in the Parliamentary Statue. It is based on conventions of parliamentary government.