Normalcy in Rajya Sabha, Chairman Naidu says ‘it was like a refreshing fresh breeze’


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By Our Special Correspondent

New Delhi, August 3: The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday functioned for the full sitting free of any disruptions and forced adjournments. The normalcy in the House was in contrast to disruptions, ruckus and chaos during the previous 12 sittings in the Upper House during the ongoing Monsoon session of the Parliament.

While the Rajya Sabha returned to normalcy to the delight of the Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu, who expressed his joys, the Lok Sabha remained in the state of pandemonium, as the Opposition, particularly the Congress, rocked the proceedings of the House by raising the issue of the alleged misuse of the Enforcement Directorate.

It may be recalled that the ED had raised the office of the National Herald on Tuesday.

The ED has so far questioned the Congress working president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi in the alleged financial irregularities in the National Herald case, which is being probed by the investigating agency for the alleged money laundering.

“The Congress Members, however, staged a walkout during the end of the sitting raising an issue not connected with the Business in progress, when the Sports Minister Anurag Thakur was replying to the marathon debate on the National Anti-Doping Bill,” said a senior official of the Rajya Sabha secretariat on the normalcy returning to the Upper House of the Parliament.

For the first time in the ongoing session, Zero Hour was taken up in the Rajya Sabha, with 17 Members raising issues of public importance today.

Naidu could not conceal his delight over the return of normalcy in the House and said it in so many words during his meeting with senior officials after the Zero Hour today, sources said.

The Rajya Sabha Chairman said it was like a refreshing fresh breeze.

Earlier, Naidu noted in the House that Zero Hour could not be taken up so far due to which the Members had lost the opportunity of raising over 180 issues of public importance.

The issues raised during the Zero Hour today related to supporting education of girl students, docking of a Chinese Spy Submarine at the Sri Lankan Port, exclusion of children from PM-Poshan Scheme due to mandatory linkage of Aadhar, irregularities in the construction of Gaushalas under MNREGA in Madhya Pradesh, high cost of cancer treatment, attacks on Gurudwaras and Sikhs in Afghanistan.

Legendry sports person P.T. Usha today made her maiden speech in the House while speaking on the National Anti-Doping Bill, which was discussed for about six hours

The productivity of the Rajya Sabha during the first week of this session has been 27 per cent which further fell to 17 per cent during the second week.

Seven Special Mentions were also made in RS today after a long over four hour debate on National Anti-Doping Bill.

This is only the third time special mentions could be made on 13 sittings of RS this session, sources said.

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