National Social Watch in partnership with GovernanceNow organized the Policy Dialogue on “People, Parliament and Performance” on 10th September, 2011 at India International Centre, New Delhi.
Nirmala Sitaraman, National Spokesperson, BJP talked stated that there is great degree of indifferences towards Rajya Sabha. In fact, Rajya Sabha has equally done or not done as the Lok Sabha. The expectations of people of India are ‘Social and Emotional’. She said there is a clear dichotomy between Micro-Managing at constituencies and legislative. While the former is very important, the latter gets compromised with respect to time.
Nilotpal Basu CPI (M) also stated that Anna Hazare was covered 24x7 but the issue of 3G corruption was debated in Parliament three times but it was not covered. Media do not reflect the very important and valid questions raised by MPs in the Parliament.
Jesudasu Seelam, Congress mentioned that Lok Pal Bill should be called “Samajik Nyaya Lok Pal Bill”. Why Mr. Anna did not include ‘denial of justice and equality’ as corruption? Diversion of funds meant for SCs and STs is a corruption. There should be a Bank for Social Development.
Girish Nikam, Senior Journalist mentioned that media in this country plays a key role in creating a certain image of the MPs. There are very few MPs who create problems in Parliament but most of them work very hard in being a part of the legislative business. There are people who do good work very seriously and dedicatedly. This is the kind of work that needs to be reflected and appreciated. Media plays a key role in disseminating, this information to the public.
While talking about the Anna Hazare movement he pointed out every political party, there are different views about the Lok Pal Bill within the party.
While talking about the Social Watch India’s report he said this year, the “Citizens’ report on Governance and Development 2011” will be more interesting because we have taken into consideration additionally two more indicators in the index, namely; Special Mentions and Matters raised under Rule 377.
Sanjay Kumar, Centre for Study on Developing Societies said that there is also need to evaluate, how do the people of the constituency evaluate the MPs?
B.V Rao, editor of GovernanceNow said that the two kinds of people get away from accountability questions are politicians and media.
Manisha Priyam, Senior Lecturer, DU raised the question that when media houses are not reflecting the real work of MPs and why the Lok Sabha does not takes initiatives to tackle this issue.