Chandigarh January 21: Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal today exhorted the MLAs of ruling as well opposition parties to raise issues of public interest pertaining to their respective constituencies in the Vidhan Sabha by rising above the party lines and thus fulfil the aspirations of the people of the State with which they elected them. He also asked them to work with the Statesman’s spirit and works towards the betterment of future generations and not limiting themselves to just five years.

Mr Manohar Lal was speaking in the inaugural session of 2-day orientation programme for the training of all the Members of Legislative Assembly organized by Haryana Vidhan Sabha in association with Parliamentary Research and Training Institute for Democracies (PRIDE), Lok Sabha Secretariat, New Delhi, here today.

The Chief Minister also suggested that with a view to motivate the elected representatives to work better, the best MLA award should be given every year on the pattern of best parliamentarian awards being conferred on the Members of Parliament for their outstanding contributions. He said that this award should be given to those MLAs who exhibit good conduct in the house and also maintain dignity while raising issues of public interest. He also suggested that as on several occasions Bill of various departments are not properly discussed in the Vidhan Sabha, the draft of these Bill should be sent to the MLAs 5-7 days earlier so that they could thoroughly study the same. He urged the MLAs to give constructive suggestions in the House and assured that while bringing any amendment, adequate time would be given to them for debate. He said that the work of legislature is to make laws and amend policies.

While underlining the significance of the Orientation Programme for MLAs, he said that in view of the changing circumstances, the elected representatives should keep themselves abreast with any changes and amendments in the law and acts so as to keep themselves updated. He said that they should study the procedures and Rules of Vidhan Sabha and come to the House with full preparation. He said that India is the largest democratic country in the world. Our democracy is so mature that despite of differences in opinions, decisions are taken, said the Chief Minister adding that as a result of this maturity of our democracy, the whole world is looking towards us. He said that former Prime Minister Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee had once said that democracy is such a system through which any issue could be resolved without spreading any hatred.

Describing the Vidhan Sabha as a holy Temple, the Chief Minister said that the elected representatives should speak truth and raise their issues in the Vidhan Sabha without any fear. He recalled that when Mr Modi as MP entered the Sansad Bhawan for the first time, he bowed before at the entrance in the similar way the devotees pay obeisance in the temple.

The Chief Minister said that though we belonged to different political parties and have different ideologies but while presenting their view points in the Vidhan Sabha we should respect others and ensure that their words do not hurt the feelings of the other representatives. He said that in the last five years, timings of sessions has also increased several times so as to give ample opportunity to the legislatures to held detailed discussions on the issues of public interest. He said that the opposition parties should play a constructive role by raising issues concerning public interest and not to oppose the ruling party just for the sake of opposition only.

Earlier, speaking on this occasion, Deputy Chief Minister Mr Dushyant Chautala said that he got an opportunity to become a part of the 14th Vidhan Sabha as MLA. He said that earlier also in the Lok Sabha, he raised several issues concerning the people of the State for five years and also participated in the discussions on various bill and resolutions. He said that each MLA should understand their responsibility and work towards the welfare of people of the State. He said that the Haryana Vidhan Sabha should enact such Act and Rules which could become a role model in the country.

Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker Mr Gian Chand Gupta said that the aim of this training programme is to train the MLAs to discharge their services to the society more efficiently and also ensure their skill development. He said that in the forthcoming session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha, discussions would be held on various topics and the MLAs should maintain parliamentary customs while raising their issues. He urged the elected representatives to study the issues before raising them in the House as it would significantly help in saving the precious time of Vidhan Sabha.

He said that out of the 90 MLAs in the Vidhan Sabha, nine are women, 44 are those who have been elected for the first time and 46 are those who have been elected more than once.

Former Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition Mr Bhupinder Singh highlighted the importance of training programme for MLAs.

Director, PRIDE Mr Pulin B. Bhutia also shared his view on this occasion.

Earlier, a short film on Environment Conservation prepared by the students of Bhawan Vidhyalaya, Sector-15, Panchkula was also screened.

Among those present on this occasion included Deputy Speaker Vidhan Sabha Mr Ranbir Gangwa and MLAs.