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British and Indian MPs, experts discuss parliamentary issues

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The British MPs and experts from India, which included former Lok Sabha Secretary General Subash Kashyap and MP Naveen Jindal, discussed issues such as the role of civil society, the working of parliamentary select and standing committees and the funding of political parties.

A release by Sonepat-based O P Jindal Global University in Haryana said the day-long meeting at its campus yesterday also dealt with the criminalisation of politics and functioning of the monitoring institutions like the CAG and Ombudsman.

The 10-member foreign delegation was led by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon (Labour) who said that bills are often drafted badly and there was need for their greater scrutiny.

Kashyap, on the other hand, highlighted the fact that time devoted to legislation process has been significantly reduced in recent years.

JGU Chancellor Jindal and Haryana Assembly Speaker Kuldeep Sharma also spoke on the occasion, the release said.

Sharma said public policy and good governance emanate from legislatures, but a lot of valuable time is lost in debating undeserving issues there these days.

Professor C Raj Kumar, JGU Vice Chancellor, said, "This exchange between MPs is extremely relevant for strengthening of democratic institutions and institutional practices based upon the common system and the rule of that prevail in both the countries."

First Published: Mon, August 20 2012. 17:05 IST