By Yashi Koushle
Content Team Volunteer
The Parliament is the supreme legislative body of India. It is a part of India’s identity. All the laws are made, amended and discussed here. The Department of Political Science of Lady Shri Ram College For Women organised a trip for the students of the department to get a look into the inner workings of the Parliament.
The trips were scheduled in August 2016 for students of the Department. The student body was headed by faculty members and the Heads of Political Science Association.
The entry to the Parliament has rules and regulations. Firstly, the entry is permitted by a pass , which was organised by the Political Science Association. Entry without the pass is denied. Secondly, all the students were asked to carry a valid ID proof. Thirdly, nothing other than the ID proof is allowed. All the bags and cellphones were deposited in the deposit counter. Fourthly, the security check is compulsory. These rules should be kept in mind by anyone wanting to visit the parliament.
There are two Houses of Parliament i.e. Upper House or the Rajya Sabha and Lower House or the Lok Sabha. The session attended by the students was of the Lok Sabha. The session was from 04:00 p.m. to 05:00 p.m. The speaker of the session was Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Other renowned personalities present in the session were Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister of India and Mulayam Singh Yadav, Member of Parliament. The ongoing debate in the parliament was about the Good and Service Tax Bill (GST BILL). GST is a uniform indirect tax levied on goods and services across a country. Many developed nations tax manufacturing, sales and consumption using a single, comprehensive tax. Central Taxes GST would replace Central Excise Duty, Service Tax, Additional Duties of Excise & Customs, Special Additional Duty of Customs, and cess charges and surcharges on supply of goods and services.
The one hour session attended by students was very insightful to all the students. The information gathered by students gave was helpful in both theoretical and practical terms.
Thus, the trip was an educational success. The department looks forwards to more such visits.