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NEW DELHI: The functioning of the eight Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committees (DRSCs) of Rajya Sabha has improved considerably with a 15 per cent improve in attendance and greater than 16 per cent enchancment within the common period of conferences since their reconstitution in September 2019, sources informed ANI on Wednesday.
“Appreciating the improved efficiency, Rajay Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu had urged the Chairmen and members of the eight committees to endeavour 50 per cent attendance within the conferences of those committees in addition to concentrating on a minimal period of two and half hours per every assembly given the efforts and prices concerned in holding the conferences,” the sources mentioned.
Naidu wrote detailed letters on February 12 on this regard to chairmen of all eight committees sending therewith outcomes of the evaluation of the functioning of those committees in September 2017. An in depth appraisal of the working of every of the eight committees was given within the letters of Chairman. Naidu had assumed the workplace of Chairman of Rajya Sabha in August 2017.
Notably, since September 2017, the eight Committees of Rajya Sabha have held a complete of 355 conferences together with 134 in 2017-18, 49 in 2018-19, and 172 since September 2019.
These committees are reconstituted in September yearly by the Chairman of Rajya Sabha. Each Committee has 10 members from Rajya Sabha and 21 from Lok Sabha. Attendance of 11 of the 31 members of every committee constitutes the quorum.
“The eight committees of Rajya Sabha clocked average attendance of close to 50 per cent (49.34 per cent) in 172 meetings held since September 2019 marking 15 per cent increase over the average attendance of 42.90 per cent for the previous two years (2017-19),” mentioned the sources.
“While no committee recorded an average attendance of 50 per cent during the two year period of 2017-19, three committees clocked more than 50 per cent attendance in the meetings held since September 2019. The Committee on Education, Women, Child, Youth and Sports reported the highest average attendance of 65.30 per cent followed by the Committee on Health and Family Welfare (52.46 per cent) and the Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture (50.42 per cent),” they added.
They additional mentioned that the common period of conferences of those eight committees held since September 2019 improved to 2 hours 07 minutes per assembly marking a rise of over 16 per cent over the common period of the conferences held throughout the earlier two years (2017-19).
“For the 355 meetings held since September 2017, the average attendance comes to 46.01 per cent with an average duration of 1 hour 55 minutes. The Committee on Education, Women, Children, Youth and Sports emerged as the best performer of the 8 Committees of Rajya Sabha since September 2017 with an average attendance of 54.19 per cent and an average meeting duration of 2 hours 20 minutes for the 50 meetings held during this period. The Committees on Transport, Tourism and Culture and Health and Family Welfare came second and third,” they mentioned additional.
Presenting the small print of the efficiency of the lead performers as proof of scope for additional bettering the working of the committees, Chairman Venkaiah Naidu, in his letters urged the Chairmen and members of all of the eight committees to endeavour to make sure 50 per cent attendance and assembly period of two hours 30 minutes.
It could also be recalled that the Rajya Sabha Chairman, on the concluding day of the primary a part of the Budget session, urged the members to make sure the efficient functioning of those committees throughout the recess when the committees study the Demands for Grants of varied departments/ministries as proposed within the General Budget for 2021-22.
Naidu in his letters to the Chairman of the committees mentioned, “The Department Related Standing Committees of the Parliament, launched in 1993 have come to be acknowledged as devices of efficient performing on behalf of the Parliament given their bipartisan consideration of varied main points, insurance policies, Demands for Grants and legislative proposals as chosen/referred to them. The functioning of those Committees, significantly, throughout non-session intervals highlights that Parliament features not solely throughout the periods however around the yr.”

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