M Venkaiah Naidu completes one year in Office both as the Vice-President and as Chairman of the Rajya Sabha on Aug 10, 2018.
Sworn in as the 13th Vice President of India on August 11 last year, M.Venkaiah Naidu described his first year in office as ‘Effective engagement’ with different stakeholders with focus on Students & Youth, Farmers, Secience & Research and Culture through extensive visits across the country. On the occasion of the first anniversary of his tenure as Vice President of India, Vice President’s secretariat posted five tweets giving summary of Naidu’s outreach during the last one year.
Setting a record for any Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu visited 28 of the 29 States in the country during the first year in office. He was also to visit Sikkim, but his visit had to be cancelled on reaching Bagdogra en route due to bad weather. In yet another record engagement, Naidu visited all the seven North-Eastern States during this period.
Highlighting the focus of his engagements, 60% of the total of 313 major outdoor events of VP Naidu during the last one year was related to students & youth, farmers, science & research and culture. He has visited 56 Universities and addressed 29 convocations urging the students and youth to look forward to the future with a sense of confidence seizing the emerging opportunities within and outside the country as complete individuals rooted in Indian cultural ethos while at the same time imbibing modern vision.
The Vice President also visited 15 leading centres of science and research in the country for interacting with scientists and researchers and uging them to compete with the best in the world and to aim at focusing their efforts to better the lives of common people by taking the outcomes of the laboratories to the lands and the people.
Through his 60 domestic visits outside Delhi and 313 major outdoor events and daily engagements of over 12, VP Naidu has reached out to over 450 countrymen every day during the last one year motivating them towards inspired actions.
On his first and sole foreign visit, Venkaiah visited three Latin American countries of Guatemala, Panama and Peru and held wider ranging discussions on bilateral and multi-lateral issues with the Presidents and senior ministers of those countries. Naidu was the first high level dignitary from India to visit Guatemala and Panama. He also met in Delhi 22 visiting foreign leaders including Presidents of Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Prime Ministers of Nepal, Cambodia and Italy.
As Rajya Sabha Chairman’s ‘Moments of the Year’, just concluded Monsoon session has been described as the ‘Hope of the Year’, presiding over the full day proceedings of the House on July 24,2018 as the ‘Moment of Endurance’ and all party meeting a day of the start of the Monsoon session as the ‘Breakthrough moment of the Year’.
‘New Tidings of the Year’ include decision on disqualification of three members of Rajya Sabha in three months, quick decision on the Notice for removal of Chief Justice of India, setting up a two member Committee to review Rules of the House, taking up all Starred questions for oral answers one day and a record 24 Zero Hour submissions on another day, making available simultaneous interpretation facility for five more languages making such facility now available in all the 22 scheduled languages etc.
Despite persistent disruptions during the Winter Session of last year and Budget session of this year, Rajya Sabha passed 27 Bills during the three sessions presided over by VP Naidu during his first year as Chairman of the House.