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Rajya Sabha Speaker M Venkaiah Naidu’s tenure was marked by low productivity of the House, but he later recovered. In the first five of the 13 plenary sessions he presided over until this year’s budget session, productivity ranged from 6.8 percent to 58.8 percent, while productivity increased in six of the next eight sessions. The 76 percent to 105 percent range corresponds to five sessions working about 100 percent of the scheduled time. Fifty-eight issues were primarily responsible for the disruption and forced adjournment of the House during this period, with 57 percent of Rajya Sabha sittings being disrupted and forcibly adjourned for a day or a full day.

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The first such publication will be released on Monday on the functioning of the Rajya Sabha during Naidu’s tenure, in which the issue of granting special category status to Andhra Pradesh was raised in 36 sittings in the four sessions that began with the highest number of 24. Times during the 2018 budget session. The next four issues are related to three agricultural laws and farmer agitations, Pegasus spyware, establishment of Cauvery Water Management Board and suspension of 12 members during winter. 2021 convention. During Naidu’s tenure, about 78 percent of Rajya Sabha (RS) members attended the House every day, signing their daily attendance registers.

About 3 percent of members did not, while 30 percent reported full attendance at various sessions. In the years since 1978, for which detailed data on the functioning of the Rajya Sabha is kept, the House has spent less and less time on its oversight function, mainly to ensure accountability of the executive to Parliament. Question and Answer Hour.

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Such details on the functioning of the Rajya Sabha in the last five years and the functional evolution of the House since 1978 are contained in a publication titled “Rajya Sabha: 2017-2022 – An Overview”, which will be released on August 8. For the first time, the Rajya Sabha Secretariat is bringing out such a publication on the Speaker’s five-year tenure for ready reference. It also details the President’s unique initiatives to improve the functioning of the House and its committees.

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Citing evidence, the publication listed the salient features of the House’s performance under Naidu’s presidency – improving the productivity of the House to reach leaders and members continuously in the second half of his tenure; Regularly monitoring the functioning of committees improves performance among others.

Naidu presided over 13 plenary sessions, during which 261 meetings were held against the scheduled 289. In an annual best-ever assembly, 52 bills were passed in 2019, the highest in 36 years. The lowest annual productivity was recorded in 2018 at 40 percent and the second lowest at 58.8 percent in 2021.

In the 67-year period from 1952 to 2019, the Assembly has had more than one Bill per sitting in only six years – 1976, 1984, 1985, 1993, 2002 and 2003. A total of 194 Private Members’ Bills were introduced, while nine Private Members’ Resolutions were debated during this period. came Out of 3,525 starred questions, a total of 936 questions were answered orally. During this period, the question and answer hour has been utilized to 41 percent of the scheduled time. “A total of 58 issues in these 13 sessions caused massive disruptions and adjournment of the House for part or the whole day,” the release said.

An average of 78 per cent members signed the attendance register required for daily allowance every day, while 2.56 per cent never attended the daily proceedings. About 30 percent of the members reported full attendance in different sessions. With Speaker Naidu regularly asking members to speak in their mother tongues in the House, the use of Indian languages ​​in the proceedings of the House increased nearly four-fold during 2018-2020 compared to the 14-year period. From 2004-2017. In 2020, four languages ​​namely Dogri, Kashmiri, Konkani and Santhali were used for the first time after the House came into being in 1952.

Since 1995 the productivity of the Rajya Sabha has declined for every reference period associated with the tenure of different governments, the release said, adding that in the last 70 years since the Rajya Sabha came into existence in 1952, governments of the day have not done so. It has held the majority in the House for 40 years including the last three decades. During the period 1978-1990, the work of the House lasted from 400 to 500 hours per year, then it fell to 300 hours or more per year, and since 2010 it has fallen below 300 hours per year.

An analysis of the time spent by the House on various aspects of its work since 1978 for 41 years shows that the Rajya Sabha is evolving more and more as a deliberative institution. Between 1978-2004, 33.40 percent of the House’s time was spent on issues of public importance; 41.42 percent in 2005-2014 and 46.59 percent in 2015-2019.

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