Report awaited to telecast live parliamentary proceedings
Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody said they were waiting for the
outcome of the report of the committee appointed to telecast live
proceedings of Parliament.
There are a few issues pertaining to this live coverage, he said.
The financial constraint is the main issue. Both the Government and
the Opposition have agreed to the live telecast.
Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa is very keen on it. It would be prudent if
this can be done without Government funds, the Deputy Speaker told the
Sunday Observer yesterday.
He said Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa’s idea was to start a live radio
broadcast. But a sponsor has to be found for the purpose. The
parliamentary proceedings are now on the Parliament website. Generally
there is some delay in uploading proceedings via the web. Even
parliamentary proceedings in the House of Commons are not telecast live.
It is telecast after a few minutes. When there is commotion in the
House it goes blank.
“We have looked into all those aspects. We have already studied most
of the systems in other countries such as the House of Commons in UK and
the Lok Sabha in India. Some countries which telecast live parliamentary
proceedings have also faced financial constraints”, he said.
Leader of the House and Irrigation and Water Management Minister
Nimal Siripala de Silva said the Government is considering this issue
We also have to consider at policy level whether it is prudent to
telecast parliamentary proceedings live.
This is because we have to set up a separate channel. It’s a complex
issue which has to be addressed properly. We are discussing this at the
Party Leaders’ meetings as well, he said.