Young lawmakers bring spotlight on controversial issues through private member Bills

first_imgYoung lawmakers in the Lok Sabha have been submitting private member Bills to bring focus on a range of issues like mandatory voting, use of drones, rights of transgenders to cleaning up sports and regulating lobbying.As these contentious issues are usually not taken up by the government, the private member Bills offer a forum for them to be debated.DRIVING CHANGEAmong the private member Bills moved by young lawmakers, include Varun Gandhi who wants voting to be made compulsory, Rajiv Satav who wants regulation of drones, Maheish Girri wants social security for transgender persons while Shahsi Tharoor wanted decriminalising of homosexuality.Other lawmakers like Anurag Thakur, who recently became BCCI chairman, wants to clean up sports through a commission on ethics and 10-year jail for those indulging in match fixing. Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo wants disclosure of lobbying activities, a common phenomenon in the national Capital.Private member Bills are a provision in the parliamentary system to allow the lawmakers present legislations, just as the government does, in a House. In a few cases, such legislations are debated in the house and passed or rejected.LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORKThough they usually end up in records, the Bills may be taken up by the government if it thinks the issue is important enough to merit a legislative framework.In fact, the Lok Sabha had voted against the introduction of a private members bill by Tharoor for decriminalising homosexuality.Young lawmakers contribute to their role as a parliamentarian by bringing spotlight on such controversial issues amid hope that the debate Parliament would goes outside and involves people at large.advertisementThe Speaker usually allows a few hours every Friday for private member bills to be taken up.ALSO READ:Now, Congressman Shashi Tharoor has a grouse with JNUlast_img