New Parliament Building likely: Om Birla

Construction of a new parliament building is being considered among various options, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said, adding that a final call was yet to be taken.

He said there is a sense that a new parliament building is required. Several groups have been formed for taking suggestions from various people, including parliamentarians, on the issue. The current parliament building may also be modernised, he added.

Speaking in the House during the just-concluded session, Birla had urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to include the expansion and modernisation of Parliament Building in his resolution for ”New India”, on the completion of the 75th year of India’s Independence.

He also had said it is the aspirations of “all of us” that Parliament Building of the largest democracy of the world should be the most magnificent and attractive.

Talking about the just-concluded session, irla said, “The proceeding of Lok Sabha was not adjourned even once during the session and as a result, it sat for 72 hours more than its allocated time, which is equivalent to working of 12 sittings.”

Birla said a conference of speakers of all state assemblies will be convened soon to discuss how the productivity of the state legislatures can be enhanced.

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