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om birla expressed regret over behavior of mps: be it inside or outside the house, public representatives should follow high standards of discipline and decency om birla

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om birla expressed regret over behavior of mps: be it inside or outside the house, public representatives should follow high standards of discipline and decency om birla

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Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has underlined the importance of maintaining discipline and decency in Parliament and Legislatures. He has expressed regret over the inappropriate behavior of some public representatives in the recent years. On Wednesday, Birla said that public representatives should follow the highest standards of decency in their work and inside and outside the House. They represent the highest democratic institution. His behavior sets a role model for other organizations.

Speaking at the 81st All India Presiding Officers Conference held at Parliament House annexe, the Speaker said, “Being an elected public representative, a member has a prestigious status. Where members have been given privileges to perform their parliamentary duties uninterruptedly. At the same time, some responsibilities are also associated with these privileges.

“As the supreme democratic institution, we are role models for other institutions in the country and we must maintain the highest standards of discipline and decency in our work,” he said.

Birla lamented that incidents of indecent behavior of public representatives have increased in recent years. He said that this tarnishes the image of these institutions.

He said that the credibility of legislatures is tied to the role and conduct of their members and hence they are expected to observe the highest standards of decency inside and outside the legislature.

Lok Sabha Speaker said, “The time has come to think and brainstorm about the norms of conduct of public representatives individually and collectively.”

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Harivansh, Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha and Presiding Officers of Legislatures also participated in this conference. Birla said that different conferences were organized on this subject in the years 1992, 1997 and 2001. The implementation of the resolutions and decisions taken in those conferences requires collective and coordinated efforts on the part of the presiding officers, leaders and whips of all parties.

The Speaker said that it has been decided to organize the centenary year celebrations of the Public Accounts Committee on December 4-5, 2021. According to a statement from the Lok Sabha Secretariat, the 81st All-India Presiding Officers Conference was also addressed by Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) President Duarte Pacheco, Austrian National Council President Wolfgang Sobotka, Guyana Parliament Speaker Manzoor Nadir.

This includes Mohamed Nasheed, President of the People’s Majlis of the Maldives, Gombojavin Jandanshatar, President of the State Great Hural of Mongolia, Prof Peter Katjawi, President of the National Assembly of Namibia, Mahinda Yapa Abewardhana, Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka, Jacob Francis Mudenda, President of the National Assembly of Zimbabwe, Mauritius. Nazurli Mohamed Zahid, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of India also shared his views.

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