Pranab calls for rules amendment

President Pranab Mukherjee with artists after witnessing Ramayana by Shri Ram Bharatiya Kendra at Rashtrapati Bhavan auditorium in New Delhi on Saturday. (PTI)

Lucknow: Against the backdrop of parliamentary proceedings being paralysed regularly, President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday suggested that parliamentarians should explore possibilities of amending rules to ensure that both houses are able to transact routine business.

He also suggested that department related committees of Parliament undertake post approval scrutiny of budgetary allocations, made to the various ministries.

Addressing the Jagran forum here, he said, at times when certain members were highly agitated on certain issues, normal transaction of business on a daily basis as per rules appeared difficult.

Mukherjee said that he believed that the collective thinking of political establishment would be able to explore the possibility of amending rules.

He said that if it appears that rules do not reflect the situation which is prevailing currently, then they could be amended. Noting that rules have been framed by parliamentarians only, he said they could be amended to provide an opportunity for orderly disposal of business.

He also said that Parliament should devote more time to discussing legislations especially those related to finance.

Quoting a suggestion made by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Mukherjee said that besides scrutinising budgetary proposals of various ministries before they are sent to House, the parliamentary panels should also go through proposals after they get parliamentary nod.

Earlier, Mukherjee urged the doctors to reach out to the deprived and extend all possible healthcare in rural areas.

Speaking at the eighth convocation of King George Medical University, Mukherjee said a healthy country would be a prosperous country.

He asked medical experts to draw a sustainable healthcare roadmap wherein an effective policy was built against population growth and new diseases.

Mukherjee said the need of the hour was to take healthcare and advancements in medical science to the villages and the poorest of poor.

Earlier on his arrival, Uttar Pradesh Governor B.L. Joshi and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav welcomed him.

The president is on a two-day visit to Lucknow. (Agencies)

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