Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu today appealed to leaders of all parties and members to ensure better attendance in the meetings of Parliamentary’s Committees. He made the observation on an opening day today of the second part of Budget Session. He said, the first part of the Budget Session has largely been purposeful with 96 percent productivity along with quality discussions on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address and the Union Budget for 2020-21. Mr Naidu hoped that this part of the session would prove to be even more meaningful.
Mr Naidu told the members that this session offers several opportunities to raise important issues of larger public concern and discuss some major legislative proposals of the government. Making comparison on the attendance, he said, the attendance of the Rajya Sabha members at 52.57 percent continues to be higher than that of Lok Sabha which is 46.37 percent. On Department Related Standing Committees meetings, he reminded that out of 24 Committees, eight were with the Rajya Sabha and the remaining 16 with the Lok Sabha. He said, the highest attendance of 65.51 percent has been recorded in the meetings of the Committee on Health and Family Welfare.
Expressing his concern, the Chairman said, the sittings of Parliament are steadily declining over the years and it is around 60 to 70 sittings per year now as against 100 to 150 days per year in the 1950s.