No central hall entry unless endorsed by MPs!
Are chief ministers, ex-chief ministers, speakers and ex-speakers of assemblies, ex-ministers, ex-MPs, MLAs and MLCs security threat that a member of parliament has to take responsibility for their conduct while in the precincts of parliament house?
At least one of the circulars issued for parliament security during the upcoming winter session from Tuesday seems to imply so as it requires an MP to certify bonafides of these VIPs to allow them entry in the parliament house or its prestigious central hall.
They will be issued the entry pass only if an MP fills up the prescribed certificate and affirms that the VIP is known to him personally. The certificate proforma reads:
"I certify that the particulars indicated in the forms are correct and that the above-
named person is MLA/MLC/Speaker/Minister/Former Chief Minister/Ex-
Speaker/Former Minister is known to me personally. I take full responsibility for
his/her conduct while in the precincts of Parliament House, Central Hall/D.V.G."
The certificate is a "must" if the VIP wants a pass for entry into the central hall.
Besides the listed VIPs, only spouses of the sitting MPs and their blood relatives, i.e. only son, daughter, father and other, are allowed access to the central hall, but that too on the MP certifying that “I certify that the visitor(s) is/are my blood relative(s).”(only son/daughter/father & mother).
The sitting MLA/MLCs in whose favour central hall pass is issued will be allowed entry with their identity cards issued by the respective state legislatures, but they will be required to be identified by an MP if they come without such an identity card.
Another circular warns that no same day visitor passes will be issued during the session except to spouses, children and close relatives of the MPs and that too to only two of them on a particular day.
Stressing that the MPs must ensure that the visitors for whom they apply for visitor pass are very well-known to them personally, by signing the authorisation that “The above mentioned visitor/visitors is/are my relation/personal friend(s)/ are known to me personally and I take full responsibility for him/her/them.”
The MPs are required to apply for the visitors' pass at least a day in advance by 1600 hours, the circular added.
Yet another circular refers to the mobile phone jammers installed at various locations in the parliament house complex. The security, however, found that these jammers cannot stop the ringing of pre-set time alarm or reminder, no matter even if the mobile phone is switched off.
Hence the advisory reads: "The hon'ble members of parliament are therefore requested to keep their mobile phone's 'alarm/ reminder tones' in “OFF” mode to respect the decorum of the House." It, however, applies to the MPs only when they are in the house as they are free to use the mobiles once they move out to the central hall or any other place in the premises.