Parliament This Week

Kriti Mishra

File photo: Parliament

File photo: Parliament

Rajya Sabha Day

On the occasion of Rajya Sabha Day on Friday, Vice President and Chairman of Rajya Sabha M Venkaiah Naidu extended his greetings to all.

In a series of Twitter messages, he praised the pivotal role played by the Upper House of Parliament in shaping Indian polity and discourse and guiding the country towards greater progress.

Chairman Naidu said, “On this important day, I urge all the members to continue to guide and inspire people through their participation and keep raising relevant issues concerning the common man”.

He also complimented Rajya Sabha members, successive governments and the Secretariat staff for their contribution in “strengthening the democratic spirit of the country”.

Rajya Sabha Secretary General Desh Deepak Verma also greeted employees of the Rajya Sabha Secretariat on Rajya Sabha Day.

Advisory on oath-taking

Newly elected Members of Rajya Sabha do not have to subscribe Oath or Affirmation immediately in view of the travel restrictions imposed on account of the Coronavirus crisis.

The new members of the Rajya Sabha have been advised to wait till the lock-down ends to subscribe their Oath or Affirmation.

Fifty-five vacancies are due to arise in Rajya Sabha from 17 States between the 3rd and 13th of April against which 37 Members have already been elected unopposed.

Contribution to PM CARES FUND

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu has urged members of the Upper House and individuals to contribute to the PM-CARES Fund to help in disaster management efforts.

Appreciating the help offered by various civil society organisations to help the needy and poor in this hour of crisis, he appealed to people to stay safe and strictly follow the government’s guidelines.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu also contributed a month’s salary to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund to strengthen the government’s efforts in combating the COVID-19 outbreak.

So far 339 MPs from both Houses have contributed Rs 365 crore from their MPLADS funds to the central pool to assist measures to fight the COVID-19 crisis.

They include 74 Rajya Sabha members who contributed Rs. 100 crore and 265 Lok Sabha members who gave Rs. 265 crore.

Rajya Sabha Secretariat officials contributed a minimum one-day salary each to the PM CARES Fund. The contribution of nearly 1300 Secretariat employees comes to around Rs 33 lakh.

The Secretary General and other senior officials are voluntarily contributing two-day salary each.

Speaker on COVID-19

Amid the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Friday had a telephonic conversation with officers of the legislative assemblies to discuss the prevailing crisis.

In Twitter messages, he underscored the significant role of people’s representatives in containing the infection.