New Delhi, 19 Feb, 2016:Press release of salient points of my speech on occasion of “Youth Parliament- Amity Mock Parliament 2016”:

 Union Minister of State for Parliamentary and Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said that most of the time political parties remain united on issues concerned to nation’s interests despite having different principles and ideology and this is the strength of Indian democratic and parliamentary values.

Addressing “Youth Parliament- Amity Mock Parliament”, organized by Amity University’s Amity Law School at Noida, Shri Naqvi said that debate and discussion are essential for any Parliamentary democracy and “dissent, disruption & disturbance” should not be allowed to dominate “debate, discussion & decision”.

Shri Naqvi said that India is the world’s strongest and vibrant democracy. Parliament is the biggest temple of democracy and it is also the most effective Constitutional institution to raise as well as to solve issues concerned to public welfare and fulfill people’s aspirations and expectations.

Shri Naqvi said that each MP represents lakhs of people and their aspirations and expectations. It is the Constitutional duty of Members of Parliament and other elected representatives to fulfill these hopes of common man.

Expressing concern over logjam in Parliament sessions, Shri Naqvi said that several “reform Bills” related to people’s welfare and country’s socio-economic progress are pending due to baseless disruption in Parliament especially in Rajya Sabha. These Bills include Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Amendment Bill, 2013 and the Goods and Service Tax (GST). Last two sessions- Monsoon Session and Winter Session- were wasted due to illogical ruckus.

Shri Naqvi said that about 73 hrs and 7 minutes of Rajya Sabha were lost due to disruption during Monsoon Session from 21 July to 13 August 2015. Upper House of Parliament registered productivity rate of just 9 per cent. Only Short-Duration Discussions, Calling Attentions, Zero Hour and Private Members Bills could take place and during the two sessions, only nine Bills were passed or returned to Lok Sabha. About 34 hrs and 32 minutes of Lok Sabha had been wasted during the session.

According to estimates, one hour of Lok Sabha proceedings cost about Rs 1.5 crore to state exchequer while it is about Rs 1.1 crore for Rajya Sabha. Disruption during Winter Session resulted into business loss of about 56 hrs and 39 minutes in Rajya Sabha while for Lok Sabha it was about 8 hrs and 37 minutes.

The Monsoon and Winter Sessions witnessed business loss of about 130 hrs and 9 minutes for Rajya Sabha; about 43 hrs for Lok Sabha while ruckus in Rajya Sabha caused a loss of more than Rs 143.36 crores during the two sessions and disruption in Lok Sabha led to a loss of more than Rs 64.03 crore to the state exchequer. This caused not only a loss of public money but also public welfare.

Shri Naqvi said that this precious time of Parliament could have been used for discussion and debate on questions related to public welfare; issues related to welfare of farmers, poor, youths, dalits, minorities and other weaker sections and passage of the Bills necessary for the country’s progress.

Shri Naqvi appealed to the Congress and all the Opposition parties to play role of a “constructive Opposition” by supporting the Government to pass Bills necessary for the nation’s development. The Opposition should become a part of nation’s progress by playing role of a “constructive Opposition” instead of “disruptive Opposition”.

Shri Naqvi expressed confidence that the upcoming Budget Session, which will start from February 23, will proved to be productive and the entire Opposition including the Congress will help in passage of key Bills.

Lauding Amity University for organizing the event, Shri Naqvi said that youths are future of the nation. They have a responsibility to maintain and strengthen country’s democratic, parliamentary and Constitutional traditions and values.

Students and youths should learn Parliamentary functioning and engage in constructive debate on various issues. Other educational institutes should also organize such events to make students and youths aware of Parliamentary norms and functioning.

Shri Naqvi also said that the youths should take interest and participate in the politics because Indian democracy is the world’s strongest and beautiful democratic system. Youth’s participation will strengthen this system further.