Chairman apprises Rajya Sabha of new format for written correspondence

Rajat Kain

File photo of Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu. PTI

File photo of Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday advised the members to not use the phrase ‘Your Excellency’ in their written correspondence to the Vice President and the Chair of Rajya Sabha. His observations came during short proceedings after the laying of papers in the house.

“Because the chair of the Rajya Sabha is holding dual responsibility of the Chairman of Rajya Sabha and also of the Vice President of India, I often find an embarrassing situation where members and also others call the Vice President as Your Excellency. I would request and suggest the members and the general public that they should address the Chairman or even the Vice President as ‘Honourable Vice President’, there is no need to use phrases like ‘His Excellency’ or ‘Her Excellency’…” the Chairman said.

The Rajya Sabha Chairman apprised the house regarding other changes in the format too.

“It has been decided that the format of the letter to be addressed to the Chairman will be changed, and here afterwards it will not be written ‘Yours Faithfully’, it will be written as ‘Yours Sincerely’ in whatever respectful manner,” he said.

Earlier, Chairman Venkaiah Naidu had also done away with the phrase ‘I beg’, used by the ministers while laying the papers.

The change in the conduct of the Rajya Sabha business was suggested on the first day of Winter session last year. “Just say I raise to lay on the table” the listed papers, he said. “No need to beg… this is independent India,” he had said.

Meanwhile, the Upper House has been adjourned till 2PM after members of Trinamool Congress raised the issue concerning West Bengal. As the opposition members refused to relent even after been told by the Chairman regarding rejection of their notice moved under Rule 267, the house was adjourned.