Venkaiah Naidu As Rajya Sabha Chairman: The productivity of the House was low at the beginning of the tenure of M. Venkaiah Naidu, Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, but later it improved. Of the 13 plenary sessions he chaired till this year’s budget session, productivity in the first five sessions ranged from 6.8 per cent to 58.8 per cent, while productivity in six of the next eight sessions ranged from 76 per cent to 105 per cent and five Almost 100 percent of the scheduled time worked in the session.
During this period 58 issues were mainly responsible for the disruptions and adjournments in the House. Disruptions and adjournments were observed for any part of the day or for the entire day in 57 per cent of the sittings of the Rajya Sabha. A first-of-its-kind publication on the working of the Rajya Sabha during Naidu’s tenure, to be released on Monday, states that the issue of special category status for Andhra Pradesh was raised in 36 sittings in four sessions.
78 percent members were present every day
The next four issues pertain to the passage of three agricultural laws and farmers’ protests, Pegasus spyware, formation of Cauvery Water Management Board and suspension of 12 members in the winter session of 2021. During Naidu’s tenure, about 78 percent of Rajya Sabha members attended the House daily. This information was revealed by his signature on the daily attendance register. While about three percent of the members did not do so, 30 percent of the members reported full attendance in various sessions.
presided over 13 plenary sessions
Such details about the working of the Rajya Sabha during the last five years and the functional development of the House since 1978 have been included in a publication titled “Rajya Sabha: 2017-2022 – An Overview” to be released on August 8 . Naidu presided over 13 plenary sessions with 261 meetings held during this period as against 289 scheduled. 52 Bills were passed in the year 2019, which is the highest in 36 years.
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when was the productivity
The lowest annual productivity ever recorded was 40 percent in 2018 and the second lowest at 58.8 percent in 2021. During the 67 years from 1952 to 2019, legislative productivity has been more than one Bill per sitting in only six years – 1976, 1984, 1985, 1993, 2002 and 2003.
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