Rajya Sabha chairperson M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday administered the oath or affirmation to 45 of 61 members newly elected to the Upper House. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ceremony was held inside Rajya Sabha chambers during inter-session for the first time. Other MPs who were not present for the ceremony will be administered the oath at a later date.
In his remarks, after administering the oath or affirmation, Chairman Naidu urged new members to ensure that their conduct within and outside the House enhances the standing of the institution. He advised members to question themselves if they had acted to enhance the dignity of the institution at the end of each day during sessions and to examine if their conduct was ethical during the inter-session period.
The Chairman also urged members to refrain from disrupting proceedings of the House.
Ensuring rule of law is the spirit of our law of the land (Constitution). It shall begin with your compliance with the rules and procedures of this House, the Chairman explained.
The Chairman also explained that his plan to administer oath or affirmation earlier had to be put on hold on account of travel restrictions imposed in the wake of COVID-19.
He said that even after the restrictions were relaxed, many newly elected expressed concern over travelling long distances. Noting that Parliamentary Committees resumed meetings this month, Chairman Naidu said the oath taking had been planned to enable their participation in Committee meetings right away and also in the Monsoon Session to follow.
In a day or two, the new members will be nominated on various Committees, the Chairman noted.
Constitutional provisions require members to take oath or affirmation before they take part in Committees or Parliament proceedings.
The Chairman also observed that Rajya Sabha completed 68 years of its journey this May …. In this context… he said the Upper House had been a constructive partner in law making despite the provision to differ with the stand taken by the Lok Sabha on legislative proposals.
The Chairman also referred to concerted efforts by the Centre, the state governments and frontline warriors like doctors, medical staff, security forces, media to contain the pandemic.
Chairman Naidu further told first time members of Rajya Sabha to enhance their knowledge about the history and contribution of the House during the last 68 years, the objectives and course of the freedom struggle, the making of the Constitution and the functioning of the Parliamentary institutions by reading standard books. He urged seniors to guide first-timers in understanding the functioning of the House.