Bengal Assembly Speaker says some MLAs attend standing committee meetings to get allowance
Last Update: 23 September 2022, 10:32 IST
West Bengal Speaker Viman Banerjee expressed displeasure over the non-attendance of MLAs in the meetings of the Standing Committees of the Assembly. Banerjee, who had earlier criticized the legislators for not being regular in the session of the House, said that she has seen some MLAs sign attendance sheets of standing committee meetings to avail allowances, but do not attend. There are.
“This is unacceptable… Standing committee meetings are held to discuss and deliberate on important issues and policies. But this is not being done. I request all MLAs to participate in these meetings,” he said on Thursday. As per the norms of the Legislative Assembly, an MLA is allotted membership in two committees – a Departmental Standing Committee and a Committee of the House.
Reacting to the Speaker’s remarks, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Sovandeb Chattopadhyay said that it is the opposition BJP MLAs who do not attend such meetings and Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari should look into it. “Yes, MLAs not attending meetings has been an issue. But from the last few sessions, attendance at Treasury Bench and Standing Committee meetings has improved,” he said.
BJP chief whip Manoj Tigga said most of his party MLAs have been regularly attending the meetings of the standing committees. “I am not aware if our MLAs are irregular. But it is good that every MLA regularly attends the Standing Committee meetings.”
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