What is Legislative Assistance?
India is a country with 30 States apart from Union Territories. Apart from the Parliament of India; every state is having its own Legislative Assembly. Since, India is a democratic Country; the Members of the Parliament and Assemblies are elected from different constituencies. They have a diversified educational and social background. With a little or no knowledge of the legislation and policy; it becomes difficult for them to contribute to the parliamentary system. Legislative assistance is the assistance provided to the legislatures/members so that they can participate in the parliamentary system with complete knowledge and training of the same.
Why it is required?
As stated above the legislatures/members have little or no knowledge about the legislature and policy; a need is felt at national level that they should be given assistance in the same. This helps them to understand complex parliamentarian system especially more complicated areas where they lack technical knowledge viz Budget.
How we provide?
The assistance is provided in various ways as described below:
- By provide research and information support to Members of Parliament and Legislative bodies such as state assemblies and councils and also Parliamentary Parties. The same is done as per the requirement of the members of legislatures.
- CSLRA takes initiatives in association with legislators (MPs, MLAs, etc.) to form informed action groups and forums in areas of social sector, human rights, etc. as per the objectives set by CSLRA. Thereafter, the matter is taken to the highest level by us.
- Legislative research is being done to initiate and conduct research to formulate solutions pertaining to problems of functioning of legislatures and specifically to address the issues of Parliament as an institution of governance. It intends to promote institutional practices and procedure related and system related reforms to carry out its functions more effectively and competently.
- Parliament is the peoples’ institution. People have a right to know what their legislatures do. There is also a need to monitor and analyze the proceedings and business of the Houses. This entails a watchdog mechanism to be promoted and developed by different sectors. We publish reports from time to time in order to enable general public to understand the working of their representatives.
- It is generally seen that the legislatures have a little or no experience in understanding the set up of the legislative assemblies/Parliament. We at CSLRA provide such experience with the help of training sessions/presentations and also by providing assistants/interns to the M.P.s/M.L.A.s from time to time.