Speaker Somnath Chatterjee defends live coverage of Lok Sabha proceedings

January 7th, 2009 - 9:29 pm ICT by ANI  

Somnath Chatterjee

New Delhi, Jan.7 (ANI): Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Wednesday justified the live coverage of the proceedings of the Lok Sabha for public knowledge.
The Speaker said people had the right to know how their representatives act and behave inside the House.
“I think people have a right to know how their representatives act, behave and work inside the House,” said Somnath Chatterjee while stating that a section of the people think “different type of behaviour” of the MPs should not be shown on Lok Sabha TV.
The Speaker’’s observations hold significance as they have come at a time when the recently-concluded session of Parliament had witnessed unruly scenes forcing the adjournment of the House on several occasions.
Addressing at a function held to inaugurate the Hindi website of the Lok Sabha, Chatterjee said: “Hindi was a major language used in Lok Sabha and 50 per cent of the people in India converse in Hindi, it was proper to have a separate Hindi website.”
The Speaker hoped that people would use the website to express their views on how the parliamentarians worked.
“I would not be here for long. But the feedback will be there on the website,” Somnath said in the wake of due General Elections this year and added that nobody else in the country represented people like Parliament. He said: “It is the most effective instrument of social changes.” (ANI)

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