With the final two Sessions of Parliament dubbed to be most productive in recent two decades, the Rajya Sabha has performed an evaluation of its Question Hour that has published that seventy five per cent of the participants in 249th Session (Monsoon) and 65 per cent in 250th Session (Winter) received opportunities to raise starred questions in the course of the remaining two Sessions.
As per the evaluation achieved on the directions of Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, sources in Parliament said 660 starred questions, together with 375 listed for 25 question days at some point of the 249th Session and 285 listed for 19 query days in the course of the 250th Session have been taken successfully and amongst all AIADMK member A Vijay Kumar of AIADMK raised the best possible quantity of 13 starred questions throughout the final two Sessions at Upper House. Vijay Kumar used to be the lead questioner for the duration of the 249th Session with seven questions to his savings and used to be in 2d position for the duration of the 250th Session with six questions. Dr Santanu Sen of Trinamool Congress was once the lead questioner with seven all through the 250th Session.
Sources stated the Rajya Sabha Secretariat conducted an evaluation of the participation of the Members in the Question Hour in the course of the 249th and 250th Sessions after Naidu sought to recognize the small print involving the extent of opportunities that contributors get to increase questions.
The evaluation of 660 starred questions, such as 375 listed for 25 query days for the duration of the 249th Session and 285 listed for 19 query days all through the 250th Session revealed that seventy five per cent and 65 per cent of the Members got possibilities to elevate starred questions
during the closing two Sessions respectively.
With the Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha and 13 Union Ministers from the Upper House now not submitting notices of Questions, an nice strength of 226 Members was viewed for the analysis. 177 members raised questions at some stage in the 249th session and 146 in the course of the 250th.
It is revealed that about 7 per cent of the Members accounted for about 25 per cent of the total 660 Questions listed all through the two Sessions while about one third Members accounted for about 75 per cent of the whole Questions listed. During the 249th Session, 49 Members did now not raise any Starred Question while this range was eighty in case of the 250th Session.
Lead questioners at some stage in the last two Sessions blended include A Vijay Kumar of AIADMK with thirteen questions, accompanied by means of Harnath Singh Yadav of BJP with 11, Dr Santanu Sen of TMC (10), Dr Banda Prakash of TRS (9), Shri Ram Nath Thakur of BJP (9), Shri Amar Shankar Sable of BJP (9), Dr Vinay P Sahasrabuddhe of BJP (9), Dr L Hanumanthaiah of Congress (8), Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar of TDP
(8) and V Prabhakara Reddy of YSRCP (8).
Sasikala Pushpa Ramaswamy of AIADMK with seven questions used to be in the lead among the 25 women Members of Rajya Sabha.
Among the prominent and active Members in Rajya Sabha, Vijay Goel of BJP bought to elevate 5 Starred Questions, Rajeev Chandrashekhar of BJP-5, Binoy Viswam of CPI-5, KK Ragesh of CPM-5, PL Punia of Congress-5, Anil Desai of Shiv Sena-5, Dr T Subbirami Reddy of Congress-5, Rakesh Sinha of BJP-5, Tiruchi Siva of DMK-4, MV Rajeev Gowda of Congress-4 and Digvijay Singh of Congress-2.
Congress contributors Ahmed Patel and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, TMC member Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, Vaiko of MDMK and Prof. Manoj Jha of RJD received one question each listed towards them.
About a hundred Members of Rajya Sabha gave about 200 notices of starred questions per day out of which 25 were picked by lottery. Of these, 15 were listed issue to norms of acceptability as Starred and the closing as unstarred questions. Each Member is allowed to post a maximum of seven notices per day.
“Question Hour is an necessary Parliamentary instrument for the contributors to seek accountability of the Government for the policies and programmes and their execution. 15 starred questions are listed per day and they are picked up through lottery from the notices for questions given by way of the members. A member can supply only up to seven notices per day,” sources in Parliament said.