Understand rules & improve functioning of RS: Kurien

Raj Kamal Rao
Vice President and Chairman, Rajya Sabha, M Hamid Ansari, P J Kurien, Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha   admire a photo exhibition during an orientation programme for newly elected and nominated members of Rajya Sabha at Parliament Annexe in New Delhi  Photo-PTI

Vice President and Chairman, Rajya Sabha, M Hamid Ansari, P J Kurien, Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha admire a photo exhibition during an orientation programme for newly elected and nominated members of Rajya Sabha at Parliament Annexe in New Delhi
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Speaking at the valedictory session of the two day orientation program for new Rajya Sabha members on Sunday, Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha P J Kurien asked MP’s to understand house proceedings to make good use of the opportunity to serve people.

The two day orientation programme is aimed at introducing parliamentary proceedings to newly elected members of Rajya Sabha.

“Learn and understand the proceedings and rules of business of the house for better functioning of the house,” said the Deputy Chairman

On the Second day, members were introduced to Parliamentary Privileges and conduct in the house apart from key elements governance, law and other important issues relating to Rajya Sabha functioning.

Eminent lawyer and former Rajya Sabha member Fali S Nariman asked members to conduct a free and fair debate in the house. Former Tribal Affairs Minister Kishore Chandra Deo also addressed the newly elected members during the orientation programme and explained members about Do’s & Don’ts in the Upper House.

All the newly elected members participated with keen interest and asked several questions to clear doubts.

Orientation Programme introduces, committee system, accountability of a member to parliament, Rajya Sabha’s contribution to Indian polity, Parliamentary privileges and Law Making Process to newly elected members.

 Vice President and Chairman, Rajya Sabha, M Hamid Ansari, P J Kurien, Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha   and Congress MP Oscar Fernandes during an orientation programme for newly elected and nominated members at Parliament Annexe in New Delhi Photo-PTI

Vice President and Chairman, Rajya Sabha, M Hamid Ansari, P J Kurien, Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha and Congress MP Oscar Fernandes during an orientation programme for newly elected and nominated members at Parliament Annexe in New Delhi
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57 new members came to Rajya Sabha after the term of office of sitting members expired. Of the total vacant seats, 30 members were elected to the upper house without any election while other 27 were elected with election in respective states.

Each elected member will have to be part of various committees like Department related Parliamentary Standing Committees to discuss important issues.

The two day orientation programme was inaugurated by Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari on Saturday.

Speaking at the occasion Ansari emphasised the importance of committee system in the Parliament and said committees help refining the legislations.

Ansari said often it is asked why Rajya Sabha is needed, but there are several reasons for its existence. Citing a comment of a first generation American legislator, he said it was required to “cool the tea”.

“The purpose of the other House is to check haste, cool passions and control legislations. All three are important. Very often it happens that for this reason or for that reason sufficient attention is not given either to the purpose of legislation or to the wording,” said Rajya Sabha Chairman.