THE Maharashtra legislature Monday approved the constitution of a committee for formulation of code of conduct for lawmakers to adhere to inside the House or even outside it, and even when they are visiting a foreign country. The committee, referred to as the Ethics Committee of the Legislature, will comprise 19 lawmakers, and it will have to submit a report outlining a detailed code of conduct.
Incidentally, attempts have been made for the last 15 years to have such a code of conduct in place. Minister of State (Parliamentary Affairs) Ranjit Patil pointed out that such committees had been constituted by the legislature in 1999, 2004 and 2009. But their tenures had lapsed without submission of any report since rules and the scope of work were never finalised.
Girish Bapat, Minister, Parliamentary Affairs, later requested both sides of the House to ensure that the report was submitted in time this time.