House rules tightened

House rules tightened
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Legislators disrupting the Governor\'s address in Telangana legislature will be suspended from the Assembly for one year, the Assembly rules committee decided at its meeting here on Monday. The committee decided to deal firmly with the legislators disrupting the Governor\'s address on the first day of the budget session, beginning on March 10.

One year suspension if MLA disrupts Governor's address

Hyderabad: Legislators disrupting the Governor's address in Telangana legislature will be suspended from the Assembly for one year, the Assembly rules committee decided at its meeting here on Monday. The committee decided to deal firmly with the legislators disrupting the Governor's address on the first day of the budget session, beginning on March 10.

The committee headed by speaker S Madhusudhana Chary was of the view that the Telangana Assembly should have its own set of rules as members were following the Andhra Pradesh Assembly Rules. The committee wanted stringent action against members who violated rules to maintain discipline in the House.

Like in the case of Maharashtra Assembly, where a member was suspended for two years for obstructing the Governor’s address, members wanted stern rules in the Telangana Assembly also. The budget session begins with the customary Governor’s address and there have been incidents in the past when members protested and some of them even threw papers at the Governor during his address.

It may be mentioned here that some of the TRS members, who were in opposition earlier, protested by shouting slogans during the Governor's address and even threw papers at him, apart from damaging the mike system and creating ruckus when he was addressing members of both Assembly and Council.

Sources said that the committee insisted on stringent action also against members obstructing the Question Hour or displaying placards and posters in the House. The Question Hour would be taken up during the first one and half hours of the proceedings. The committee would study Parliamentary rules before finalising the rules. Henceforth, the budget session of Assembly would be taken up in two shifts -- 10 am to 2 pm and evening 4 pm to 7 pm.

Earlier, the House was functioning between 9.30 am and 2 pm and an evening session was being convened at the discretion of the Speaker. The committee was of the opinion that not enough discussions were taking place and wanted more number of elected representatives to be part of the process in the House.

The discussion on budget, which was set for three days, would now be taken up for four days. Members stressed on having a paperless session and decided to tour assemblies in Goa and Haryana to study the proceedings. A protocol committee has been formed under Deputy Speaker Padma Devender Reddy in wake of alleged insults being faced by members due to lack of knowledge on issues pertaining to protocol.

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