Initial turbulence and later recovery marked Naidu’s tenure as chairman

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Rajya Sabha chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu’s tenure was initially marked by low productivity at home, followed by a recovery, officials said on Saturday.

Of the 13 full sessions he chaired during this year’s budget session, his productivity in the first five sessions ranged from just 6.80% to 58.80%. In his next 8 sessions he improved significantly in 6 sessions, his productivity ranged from 76% to 105% and 5 sessions worked about 100% of the scheduled time.

Fifty-eight cases were mainly responsible for the disruptions and forced suspensions of the Chamber during this period.

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57 percent of Rajya Sabha meetings witnessed disturbances and forced adjournments of the House for part of the day or all day. The issue of special category status for Andhra Pradesh was raised in 36 sittings spread over four sessions, starting with the highest number of 24 times during the 2018 budget session,” an official statement read.

The next four issues included the passing of three agricultural laws and farmer protests, the Pegasus spyware, the creation of the Cauvery Water Management Board, and the suspension of 12 members during the 2021 winter session.

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During Vice President Naidu’s tenure, about 78 percent of Rajya Sabha members attended the House on a daily basis. While about 3 percent did not, 30 percent of members reported full attendance at several sessions.

Over the years since 1978 for which detailed records of the Rajya Sabha’s functioning have been kept, the House has been devoting less and less time to its ‘oversight function’ of ensuring the executive’s accountability to Parliament, mainly as due to continued low usage of question time.

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