Explain the following statement with reason.
Discussion and deliberations are important in a parliamentary system of government.
The Parliament is a legislative, elected body of government. Therefore it is important to consider the opinion of both the ruling party and the opposition. The opposing viewpoints are good in all cases. It increases the ability to view an issue from all the points of thought. In the case of parliamentary system, debates are carried out in both the houses of it. Lok sabha and rajya sabha discuss on all the fields of social life and take important decisions for common citizens. The importance of such discussions can be pointed as:
• The parliamentary members discuss the issue from all its perspectives. The ruling party and the opposition debate on it and pass the ‘bill’ which is expected to be beneficial to the social life of common people.
• The act of discussions and deliberations are an important feature of parliamentary system. The members of the ruling and opposition parties speak not for their personal interests, but for majority of the people.
• The laws and decisions which are harmful to the people can be discarded though the discussions.
• The supreme authority of taking decision cannot be given to a particular person or party when discussions are carried out.
• Getting members’ opinion from diverse perspectives is a big way to solve a situation.
• Debates are made by different party members. The spokesperson (speaker) will remain neutral and takes decision based on the majority.
Thus the parliamentary debates are the key-process to the democratic system of government. It helps the parliament to perform three functions: representing the citizens, making laws, and managing the government.