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3) What are the tools at Speaker’s disposal to discipline the house? Comment on whether the role of speaker needs to be reimagined to ensure more productive Lok Sabha sessions?(250 words)

Topic– Part of static series under the heading – “Powers and position of Speaker”

3) What are the tools at Speaker’s disposal to discipline the house? Comment on whether the role of speaker needs to be reimagined to ensure more productive Lok Sabha sessions?(250 words)

Key demand of the question

The question expects us to detail out the ways one high speaker maintaining disciplinary control on the proceedings of the house. Thereafter, our view is elicited on whether, in light of recent controversies surrounding the office of speaker, his role needs to be reimagined and reformed.

Directive word

Comment – When you are asked to comment, you have to pick main points and give your ‘opinion’ on them based on evidences or arguments stemming from your wide reading. Your opinion may be for or against, but you must back your argument with evidences.

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Highlight the role that the speaker is expected to play as the head of the representative body.

Body

  • Mention that one of the role of the speaker is to perform disciplinary function to ensure smooth conduct of business in Lok Sabha
  • Discuss the tools at the speakers disposal – name a member for suspension, no member can speak without permission of the speaker, power to expunge unparliamentary language from proceedings of the house, power under Anti Defection Law etc
  • Express your opinion on whether the role of speaker needs reimagination. 2nd Arc suggests framing a code of ethics. Others include making it compulsory for speakers to resign from the membership to their party to ensure neutrality etc.

Conclusion – Highlight the importance of speaker and the reforms required, if any.