Ansari seeks correctives to stop Rajya Sabha’s time wastage

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New Delhi, May 7 (IANS) Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari said Friday the upper house of parliament lost much of its time due to disruptions and adjournments in the budget session, and called for correctives to keep up the image of the legislature in the eyes of people.

‘Notwithstanding the work done, an overview of the session cannot avoid the impression that much time was lost in disruptions and adjournments arising out of disruptions,’ the chairman said in his valedictory remarks at the conclusion of the budget session.

He said rules for the conduct of business were sought to be flouted with disturbing frequency.

‘The question hour became its principal victim and could not be conducted on 13 of the 31 scheduled sittings.’

The chairman said the time taken by each starred question was equally disturbing.

‘We maintain the procedural fiction of admitting 20 questions for each sitting. In actual practice, only five or six of these are taken up since far too much of the time is consumed in asking and responding to supplementary questions,’ Ansari said.

‘Members tend to overlook the rule that the sole purpose of a supplementary is to seek elucidation on ‘any matter of fact regarding which an answer has been given”.

He said that private members’ legislative business had suffered the most.

‘During this long budget session, not even a single sitting could be devoted to private members’ legislative business,’ he noted, adding that the members also did not have adequate time to raise their special mentions or matters of public importance with the permission of the chair.

‘These trends in the conduct of business have invited adverse comments and lowered the image of the legislature in the eyes of the public. Correctives have thus become imperative,’ he said.

The chairman said that the important legislations enacted by the house were the Constitution (108th (Amendment) Bill, 2008, the Tamil Nadu Legislative Council Bill, 2010, the National Green Tribunal Bill, 2010, and the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2010.

The house also discussed five matters of urgent public importance and had two short-duration discussions.

The chairman said a new Integrated Talk-Time Management and Display System was introduced to provide information regarding total time allotted to various parties, time taken by individual members as well as the time consumed by different parties.

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