The 83rd All India Presiding Officers’ Conference was organised and it concluded with a resolution passed by the attending members.
- A resolution was passed at the conclusion of the 83rd All India Presiding Officers’ Conference which virtually endorsed Vice President (VP) Jagdeep Dhankar’s remarks on judicial overreach.
- While inaugurating the conference, VP Dhankhar said Parliament’s sovereignty and autonomy cannot be permitted to be qualified or compromised as it is representative to survival of democracy.
- He was referring to Supreme Court’s rejection of the National Judicial Appointments Commission law.
Highlights of the resolution –
- Emphasised on separation of powers —
- The resolution recognised the separate powers of the judiciary and legislature.
- It said that each should respect the boundaries provided by the Constitution.
- While reposing confidence in the principle of separation of powers, it exhorted all organs of the state to respect the Constitutional boundaries enshrined in the Constitution of India.
- Highlighted primacy of the people of India in law-making —
- The resolution reaffirmed its complete faith in the primacy of the people of India in law-making through the legislative bodies of the nation.
- Sought a code of conduct to rule the behaviour of legislators in Assemblies, Councils and Parliament —
- The resolution passed by the conference also sought a code of conduct to rule the behaviour of legislators in Assemblies, Councils and Parliament.
- The resolution said that a Code of Conduct for Members should be introduced in the Rules to bring about an effective check against unparliamentary conduct.
- Need to review Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of legislative bodies —
- The conference resolved that Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of legislative bodies must be reviewed comprehensively.
- It further said that model uniform Rules be formulated incorporating best practices in order to secure greater participation of Members and more productive functioning of the Houses of legislature.
- Urged the political parties to build a consensus against disruptions —
- The resolution also asked political parties to build a consensus among themselves against any disruption in the Houses of legislature, particularly during Question Hour.
- Decorum and discipline were extremely necessary within the House and it was not proper to pass Bills amidst disruption.
- Other highlights of the resolution —
- The resolution extended full support to the projection of India as the “Mother of Democracy” during the country’s ongoing G-20 presidency.
- It also empowered the committee system to ensure scrutiny of the executive.
- It also confirmed that all legislatures would work towards joining the National Digital Grid for Legislative Bodies.
About the ‘All India Presiding Officers’ Conference’ –
- The All India Presiding Officers’ Conference (AIPOC) is the apex body of the Legislatures in India that completed its hundred years in 2021.
- The first Conference was held in Shimla in 1921.
- The 83rd session focused on following themes of contemporary relevance —
- Leadership of India in G-20 as the mother of democracy;
- The need to make Parliament and Legislature more Effective, Accountable and Productive;
- Integration of State Legislatures with Digital Parliament;
- The need to maintain a harmonious relationship between the Legislature and the Judiciary in accordance with the spirit of the Constitution.