Accountability of the executive to the legislature is the hallowed principle of democracy. The legislature should be able to make the executive accountable. However, the Kerala Assembly is increasingly failing to keep tab on the executive, despite fora like the subject committees.
Ruling front legislators usually act subservient to the executive. Their role is often to support everything that the Government does. The Opposition is so ineffective in using traditional ways to ensuring accountability that it had to resort to sit-ins and boycotts. All this reduce the role of the House as a pillar of democracy and people’s faith on it.
A recent example will suffice to show the disregard the executive is showing to the Assembly. It recommended promulgation of four Ordinances to the Governor on June 9 and convening of the Assembly the next day. Legislation is basically the right of the legislature. The executive can legislate through Ordinances only when the House is not in session and when there is utmost urgency for such a measure. All the four Ordinances proposed to be promulgated could very well have waited for the Assembly session.
A basic problem is that the Assembly often did not find time to do its legislative business as it does not meet even for 100 days in a year. As CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yachuri himself pointed out during the valedictory of the Assembly’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations, the House should meet more often to ensure the accountability of the executive.