#Budget2016: “Discuss, Not Disrupt”

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Budget Session

This was the message given by our President to the members of the parliament during the Joint session early morning on 24th February. His views came after two earlier sessions being wasted in walk-outs and adjournments by the parliamentarians. The winter session was wasted in the intolerance debate while the monsoon session was ignored over the Vyapam scam. Will this session go down the same line with opposition ransacking the parliament over the JNU and JAT agitation?

Do we, as literates and Indian citizens, not understand that no good comes out from such disruptions of the parliament?

Diverging from political motives, what we need is a bare minimum working in the parliament. There are many pending bills and critical issues that need dialogue and discourse.

The hypocrisy of our political parties is absolutely flabbergasting. The GST Bill was taken up in 2010 by the Congress government based on the Kelkar Committee recommendation. Today, Congress is the same party opposing the same bill tooth and nail.

Every party knows that the bill is a crucial legislation for the economy of the country. It will help in creating more jobs and increase the economic productivity. Despite this, the opposition parties, especially Congress are not allowing much debate on the subject. It is necessary that discussions take place but the basic requirement is harmony in both the houses. There has to be a constructive debate rather than a total logjam.

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Each session requires huge amount of resources and money. The cost of running a parliament during each session comes down to Rs 2.5 lakh per minute. All this money is very precious and India is not a rich country. We still face issues like hunger and poverty. Thus, resources utilized in a session is money forgone, say for a development program. Politians who are first and foremost social workers and public servants have no right to waste tax payers’ money in settling their political equations.

After 1991 reforms we have opened our economy for foreign funds. These funds are crucial to kick start schemes like ‘Digital India’ or ‘Smart City’. However, these walk outs and commotion created by the politians in the parliament don’t show India in a good light. Moreover, the inability of the government to pass legislation such as Land Acquisition which is necessary for economic reforms reduces the prospects of investment. We need these investments, considering the fact that India requires jobs each year. Can the future of the youth and country put at ransom of such disruptions?

Who is to blame for these washouts?

It is us who have voted these politicians to power and expected them to fulfil our dreams and aspirations?

Or is it the parliamentarians that have forgotten their oath to serve that nation and its people?

George Bernard Shaw had said “Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve”.

Who do you think should introspect to make this country work, us or them?

Nishant Kumar

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