Parliamentary and Administrative Research Institute (PARI) was established with a view to undertake meaningful research on parliamentary and administrative issues in India. In India, the relationship between the Executive and the Legislature is very very demanding. Therefore, the Executive has to orient itself to the requirement of the Legislature and at times it has to adapt to the demand resulting in the need of reforms. Likewise, the Legislature also has to sometime make amends so that it becomes easier for the Executive to implement the laws passed by the Parliament. In order to understand the fine nuances of parliamentary procedure and practice and orient the respondents, PARI has brought out certain capacity building courses on Parliamentary procedure which enable the stakeholders to deal with the Parliament efficiently....
Virtual sessions, physical distancing or staggered timings? The jury is still out.
22 July 2020 (https://scroll.in/article/968272/how-can-indias-parliament-safely-conduct-its-monsoon-session-amid-the-covid-19-pandemic)By Dr. Narmadeshwar Prasad [Director, Parliamentary & Administrative Research Institute (PARI)]
Enabling transparency in governance and allowing members to voice their concerns about their constituencies, most parliaments around the world are successfully conducting hybrid sessions– that is, combining virtual and physical. India’s public representatives too need to be able to put their legitimate questions to the government about public health and its management during the pandemic, among other issues, and adequately perform their parliamentary duties of being accountable to the public.
However, the modalities about holding a virtual or hybrid session are still ambiguous. The media is abuzz with speculation various methods that are likely to be adopted in the proposed monsoon session, which should have been convened by now, had the circumstances been different.
The United Kingdom parliament, touted as the mother of all parliaments, has shown the way. MPs can ask questions and hol