The two-day Conference of Presiding Officers for Legislative Bodies

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New Delhi: The two-day Conference of Presiding Officers of Legislative Bodies concluded in Lucknow on Sunday. Around 400 participants including Chairmen of seven Legislative Councils, Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha and Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha attended the conference.

Addressing the valedictory session of the 77th conference, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said that ‘Question Hour’ and ‘Zero Hour’ are of immense importance in any legislative body and they must be protected.She also said that the progress of states and the Centre have to go hand in hand.
The conference, among other issues, mainly contemplated about the ‘Role of the House in Development’ and ‘How to make the House Proceedings Paperless’.

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The Lok Sabha Speaker said Goa and Himachal Pradesh assemblies have already taken steps in this direction. She added that the step will not only be environment friendly but will also cut cost.

This is the third time after 1961 and 1985 that Uttar Pradesh hosted such an event. It is hoped that that the outcome of the conference will prove to be a milestone reforms for parliamentary institutions in the country.