BUDGET SESSION 2016-17: Speaker holds meetings with politicians, media ahead of Assembly

BUDGET SESSION 2016-17: Speaker holds meetings with politicians, media ahead of Assembly

SRINAGAR: Speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, Kavinder Gupta, on Monday sought cooperation from leaders of all the political parties to ensure smooth conduct of the Budget Session scheduled to commence from Wednesday.
Chairing a meeting of leaders of various political parties and Chief Whips here, the speaker hoped that the members would utilise the time fixed for the session judiciously in order to highlight their maximum public interest issues in a democratic manner.
He said that equal opportunities will be given to every political party to raise issues of public interest. He appealed the members to also highlight developmental issues for detailed discussion during the session.
Gupta impressed upon all the members that they should not disrupt the Question Hour, which is considered the most-important tool for raising the important public issues and in making the government answerable and accountable to the people.
All the members, he said, were duty bound to represent their constituents in the House by raising important public issues, but “they should do so in a decent and dignified manner and in no case resort to un-parliamentary conduct”.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Rehman Veeri assured the meeting that the government would put all out efforts to satisfy the opposition members during the session. He sought cooperation of the senior legislators to run the session smoothly. In a separate meeting of the Press Advisory Committee, the speaker said adequate facilities would be provided to the media to ensure fair reporting of the proceedings.
Threadbare discussions were held in the meeting on providing accommodation to media persons who will be arriving from outside the state, issuance of entry passes, seating arrangements in the Press Gallery, and parking and canteen facilities.
Speaker sought cooperation from the print and electronic media in highlighting the issues of public interest raised by the legislators in the House during the session. He said that each political party will be given due time to raise their public interest issues.
While responding to the demands of accommodation facilities for media persons, the Speaker said that 15 rooms have been kept available in Circuit House for the media persons which will be allotted as per the norms.

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