Inaugurated by the Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Chemicals & Fertilizers, Ananthkumar and Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje, the two day long 18th All India Whips’ Conference, 2018 concluded in Udaipur, Rajasthan yesterday. The Conference was attended by approximately 90 delegates including Ministers, Chief Whips and Whips in Parliament and State Legislatures. The concluding session saw the discussion and the unanimous adoption of ten recommendations by the conference, which included the Reform of Zero Hour, development of Committee Hour, Reforms in the structure of Private Members Business, Legislative framework for more working days in Union as well as State Legislatures, Infrastructural and Institutional support of Chief Whips, Digitization of the Secretariats of the State Legislators and Consensus building in the Legislatures among others.
The First Technical Session of “Action Taken Report of the 16th and 17th All India Whips’ Conference” was presided over and moderated by Vijay Goel. The Second Technical Session of “Efficient Functioning of Legislatures” was presided over by Ananthkumar. The Third Technical Session of “Rolling out e-Sansad/e-Vidhan in Parliament and State Legislatures to digitize and make their functioning paperless” was presided over by Arjun Ram Meghwal. During the inaugural address, Ananthkumar said that the Whips play a three dimensional role of monitoring, moderating and motivating. He urged his fellow legislators to ‘discuss’, ‘debate’ and ‘decide’ but never to ‘disturb’. He suggested that the basic purpose of the Conference was to discuss various aspects of parliamentary democracy and come out with some concrete resolutions so that the people of the country are served in a better way. Vasundhara Raje said that a legislative body should work like a family where despite of strong debate a mutual respect among fellow Members is forever observed.