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Bihar Assembly to allow live coverage of proceedings

Monday, 26 November 2012 - 3:53pm IST | Place: Patna | Agency: PTI
The step is aimed at showing functioning of democracy without any curbs as the NDA government in state believes in promoting transparency.

In yet another first in the country, the Bihar Assembly has decided to allow the live coverage of its proceedings, including the private TV channels, to "show functioning of democracy without any censure."

"I will allow any electronic media even private ones for live coverage of assembly proceedings," Speaker Udai Narayan Chaudhary said addressing a meeting of Press Advisory Committee here.

The step is aimed at showing functioning of democracy without any curbs as the NDA government in state believes in promoting transparency, he said.

On apprehensions raised by some members that it could be "risky" as some unruly scenes could be beamed to people live, the Speaker said "I always tell members to be sincere in their conduct as their action would be seen by the public without any censure."

The winter session of Assembly is starting from November 29 next. The five-day session will end on March 5.

Chaudhary said in yet another innovative step, the Assembly has made a provision to bring 50 school children, 25 boys and as many girls, everyday from different parts of the state to have a first hand knowledge of functioning of Legislative body and also see performance of their elected representatives.

He said since the winter session is short, school children from Bettiah and Nalanda, would have an opportunity to visit Assembly this time.

The visiting children would also have direct interaction with the minister and MLA of their area and would be provided food from Assembly secretariat, he said.

The school children would be photographed with Speaker, ministers and MLAs, he added.

The Bihar Assembly Speaker said that a convention of Speakers, Deputy Speakers, Secretaries and Parliamentary ministers of states would be held in Patna from January 17-21, 2013.

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar would inaugurate the convention while Chief Minister Nitish Kumar would be the chief guest, he added.

This would be only third time since independence that Bihar would be hosting such an event inviting leading lights of Legislature. Earlier, such an event was held in the state in 1964 and 1982.




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