LUCKNOW, JAN 17:
The capacity building of legislators for scrutinizing budgetary proposals is vital for the budget is the most important economic policy tool of a government, stated State Legislative Assembly Speaker Pasang D Sona while addressing at the 7th Conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) at Lucknow on Friday.
The vast majority of democratic constitutions require appropriations and taxation measures to be approved by the legislator in order to become effective. To fulfill this requirement, Capacity Building of the Legislator for scrutinizing Budgetary Proposal is eminently required, Sona said.
Parliament and Assemblies must ensure that the revenue and spending measures it authorizes are fiscally sound, match the needs of the population with available resources, and are implemented properly and efficiently, he asserted.
It is the duty of the government to reveal, explain and justify its policies and financial proposals. In turn, legislators may ask questions, clarifications or may disapprove the financial proposals through various parliamentary devices. The Executive cannot have any hidden financial agenda. It constantly faces parliamentary scrutiny, Sona said adding that in order to participate effectively in this process the legislators need to be equipped with requisite informational knowledge and skill besides supportive institutional and procedural mechanisms.
To efficiently and effectively carry forward these onerous responsibilities the legislators have to understand the contents of the budget if they are to play a meaningful role in the process. Even when they have the constitutional and procedural devices to shape budgets, technical capacity is necessary to optimally use this opportunity, he further stated.
Speaker Sona is accompanied by Deputy Speaker Tesam Pongte. (PRO)