RS Chairman: Deeply pained by the way session progressed

RSTV Bureau
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu in the Rajya Sabha. PTI

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu in the Rajya Sabha.

As the first leg of Budget session ended Friday evening, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu expressed his disappointment over repeated uproar and adjournments in the house. Flagging unruly behaviour of members during the session, he termed it utter disregard for the parliamentary procedure.

He urged members to maintain the prestige and decorum of the House and participate in constructive debates in the coming days when the House meets again on March 5 for the second leg of the Budget session.

“I must confess that I am deeply pained at the way this session has progressed… What I am deeply disturbed with is the utter disregard for the parliamentary procedure and the unruly behaviour so unbecoming of the high position we occupy in the society as parliamentarians,” he said.

Naidu said as chairman, it was his responsibility as he was accountable to the people, who will see how the House was conducted and how discussions are done.

“Let us not have slanging matches between parties and stoop down to competing with each other on unparliamentarily language or behaviour.

“When we meet again in March, it is my fervent hope and an earnest appeal to each one of you that we shall turn a new leaf in our Parliament’s history through orderly, informed and constructive debates,” he urged the members.

The chairman asked, “Can we ever make our Parliament an effective instrument of change through informed debates, constructive criticisms and orderly proceedings?”

He hoped that all members would collectively strive to uphold and maintain the dignity, sanctity and supremacy of Parliament as they had pledged in 2012 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the first sitting of Parliament.

“I shall still keep hoping that we shall exercise the necessary restraint and behave with appropriate civility and dignity. I find it a sad commentary on our functioning, that we have lost nearly ten hours during this brief Session due to disruptions and forced adjournments,” he said.

He also asked members not to carry on in this manner any longer and appealed to them to consider the House as a sacred institution which should reflect the hopes and aspirations of 130 crore people.

“This is not aimed at any party–this party or that party. As far as the Chair is concerned, I am concerned about the House. It is an institution that decides the destiny and charts the direction of national development. That is why people have high hopes on us,” he said.

(With inputs from PTI)