Valedictory remarks by Rajya Sabha Chairman

RSTV Bureau

The Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die on Friday, the concluding day of the Winter Session of Parliament. Before the House was adjourned, Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu made valedictory remarks.

In his valedictory speech the Chairman took the opportunity to review, recall and introspect about the proceedings of the House.

The Chairman recalled the highs and lows witnessed in the House.

“The high point being that both the sides of the House have reiterated their commitment to respect and uphold the high office of the Prime Minister and the former Prime Minister. I sincerely hope that this spirit prevails in future as well,” said the Chairman.

He mentioned how the House unanimously spoke about Shri Kulbhushan Jadhav meeting his family members in a Pakistan jail. He also expressed happiness over positive media reports of the House creating a record of taking up all the listed Starred Questions on January 2, 2018 after 15 long years.

“The need of the hour is to carry this spirit into the future,” he urged.

But the Chairman also voiced concern about how the house was “losing some degree of the esteem of the people on account of disruptions and substantial loss of functional time.”

“Intense and passionate submissions and debates are the order of democracy, but disruptions are certainly not. I urge upon the Hon’ble Members to seriously introspect in this regard,” he said.

“It is, however, a matter of deep discomfort that the House has lost 34 hours of valuable working time as against the period of 41 hours of business transacted,” he added.

The Chair then listed out the a brief statistical summary of the business transacted during the 13 sittings of this Session.

“Despite disruptions and adjournments, 9 Government Bills were passed, 19 Private Members’ Bills were introduced and one Private Member’s Bill was discussed at length. The House also deliberated the important issues of the state of economy and employment generation besides the high levels of air pollution in Delhi,” he stated.

He wished the retiring members happy and healthy times ahead and also thanked all the members of the House for their cooperation.