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Manohar says his priority would be to introduce reforms in the proceedings
Efforts will be made to make Assembly ‘paperless' by next year: Speaker
HYDERABAD: Newly-elected Speaker of the Assembly Nadendla Manohar on Monday said he is yet to receive the notice on the no confidence motion served by the TDP.
Mr. Manohar, who assumed charge as the Speaker on Saturday, said he would initiate appropriate action into the issue as and when the file pertaining to the notice came to him. “I will take a decision after going through the notice as and when it reaches me,” he told reporters here on Monday.
On the disqualification petitions moved against four MLAs by the Congress and the TDP, he said he was examining the legal and other implications involved in the issue. “There is some delay in taking a decision as I am going through various aspects,” he said.
Denies lobbying charge
Replying to queries, Mr. Manohar, who became one of the youngest MLAs to be appointed to the Speaker's post, refuted charges from a section that he had lobbied hard with the party high command to secure the coveted post. He claimed that he had never approached the party leadership and he considered his selection as recognition of his services to the party.
The Speaker said his first priority would be to take the members into confidence and bring in reforms in the conduct of the proceedings. “Obstacles are sure to crop up whenever change in the functions is contemplated. But I am confident of overcoming them with the cooperation by members,” he said.
The Assembly would work on the suggestions that came up at a meeting convened by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar in this direction to regulate the Question Hour for giving maximum opportunity to the members. Focus would be on making the Assembly “paperless” by next year and the necessary systems were being put in place in this regard, he said.
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