Orientation programme for newly elected Rajya Sabha MPs concludes

RSTV Bureau
Vote of Thanks l Orientation of newly elected Rajya Sabha MPs

Vote of Thanks l Orientation of newly elected Rajya Sabha MPs

Second day of the two day orientation programme for newly elected/ nominated Members of Rajya Sabha concludes today

The Second day of the programme began with a session on ‘Lawmaking process’ by Shri Bhupender Yadav, MP, Rajya Sabha

Smt. Vandana Chavan, MP and Shri Prasanna Acharya, MP spoke on the ‘Committee System’ and ‘Ethics in Politics: Do’s & Don’ts for Members’ respectively.

Programme concludes with valedictory address by Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha, Shri Harivansh

Opportunity to enrich their knowledge of ‘Parliamentary Procedures’ by interacting with Senior Members, Domain Experts and Senior Officers of the Rajya Sabha Secretariat, says Shri Harivansh.

Shri Harivansh says, Rules of Procedure cannot remain static; these will have to evolve through the changing times and demands of future

Parliamentary Committees work as watch-dog and as an instrument of ensuring the executive accountability, says Shri Harivansh

Shri Harivansh asks Members to make best use of the available technological tools for their Parliamentary work

A two-day Orientation Programme organized by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat for the newly elected/ nominated Members of Rajya Sabha concluded today. The Second day of the programme began with a session on ‘Lawmaking process’ which
was delivered by Shri Bhupender Yadav. Smt. Vandana Chavan and Shri Prasanna Acharya were other Members who spoke on the ‘Committee System’ and ‘Ethics in Politics: Do’s & Don’ts for Members’ respectively.

Hon’ble Deputy Chairman, Shri Harivansh delivered valedictory address on the concluding day of the Orientation programme. Sharing his experience as Member of Parliament, Shri Harivansh in his address said that Role of a parliamentarian is most complex and challenging one. Competing demands – from one’s party, from Parliament, State Interest and from the constituency and of course from the family-make the Members life a difficult balancing act. MPs are always on the job, whether in the Parliament or outside, travelling and meeting his constituents.

Shri Harivansh expressed the hope that during the two-day orientation programme, the Members must have got the opportunity to enrich their knowledge of different aspects of ‘Parliamentary Procedures’ by interacting with Senior Members, Domain Experts and Senior Officers of the Rajya Sabha Secretariat.

The Orientation programme was a huge success because of the keen interest and the participation of the Members said Shri Harivansh. As most of the Members had already participated in the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha it was easy for the Members to understand the finer nuances of Parliamentary devises and procedures. Shri Harivansh believed that the Members would now be in a better position to understand the rules and procedures related to the proceedings of the House and parliamentary devices.

Shri Harivansh informed the Members that the Rules of procedure cannot remain static; these will have to evolve through the changing times and demands of future. Changes made in the Rules of Procedure from time to time to make them more relevant and effective, keeping pace with the changing time and demands of the future.

Shri Harivansh informed the Members that the Rules & Procedure of Rajya Sabha had been updated in 1964 and since then there have been 13 amendments made therein. The Hon’ble Chairman had constituted a Committee under the Chairmanship of former Secretary-General which submitted its comprehensive review report. Changes suggested in the Rules of Procedure by the Committee are under consideration.

In addition to the rules framed for the proceedings of the Parliament,
Shri Harivansh apprised the Members the importance of the directions issued by Hon’ble Chairman, Rajya Sabha and Hon’ble Speaker, Lok Sabha where rules are silent. Shri Harivansh stressed that directions issued by the Chair are as important for the Members to know as the Rules of Procedure.

Shri Harivansh reminded the Members, the importance of the tips given by the Hon’ble Chairman of Rajya Sabha on the first day of the two-day Orientation Programme. Shri Harivansh also reminded the Members the importance of Parliamentary Committees, as watch-dog and as an instrument of ensuring the executive accountability.

Underlining the importance of Parliamentary Committees, Shri Harivansh said that the Committees work in non-partisan manners where Members express their opinions freely, objectively and independently and the decision of the Committees are based on broad consensus.

Shri Harivansh urged the Members to go through the publication brought out by the Secretariat which would definitely help them to understand minutely the Parliamentary Rules, Practices and Precedents. Hon’ble Deputy Chairman hopes that the newly elected/nominated Members would make the best possible use of the technological tools available in the Parliament Secretariat for their parliamentary work. “Parliament as an institution can do wonders, if Parliamentarian gives it a chance” says Hon’ble Deputy Chairman at the conclusion of his valedictory address.