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The parliamentary discussions and debate are important for political representation because it creates a link between people and their representatives and to discuss government policy, proposed new laws and current issues. Evaluate.

Topic: Parliament and State legislatures—structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these

3. The parliamentary discussions and debate are important for political representation because it creates a link between people and their representatives and to discuss government policy, proposed new laws and current issues. Evaluate. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: The HinduIndian Express

Why the question:

The refrain that standards of parliamentary functioning have taken a beating in recent years is not without merit. In terms of the time spent on deliberating legislation, the conduct of fruitful debates both in tone and tenor, and in the quality of discussion, the reliance and participation of expert opinion through the agency of standing and parliamentary committees besides other factors, parliamentary sessions have been found to be wanting.

Key Demand of the question:

Directive word: 

Evaluate – When you are asked to evaluate, you have to pass a sound judgement about the truth of the given statement in the question or the topic based on evidence.  You must appraise the worth of the statement in question. There is scope for forming an opinion here.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by writing about the importance of parliamentary debates and discussion to our democracy.

Body:

Further elaborate how these debates and deliberations are enriching for our democracy. Cite examples to substantiate your points.

Next, evaluate the legislative process with respect of debates and discussions. Mention hasty passage of bills, frequent litigations, lack of expertise, bypassing Rajya Sabha, lack of referral to parliamentary committees etc.

Mention the measures that are needed to remedy this situation.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward.