Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sansad Ratna 2017 Programme schedule - 27th May 2017 @ IIT Madras - Registration details

8th Edition of Sansad Ratna Awards 2017 and 6th Edition of National Seminar on Politics, Democracy and Governance will be held at IIT Madras on 27th May 2017.  The detailed programme is given below.  This is a great opportunity to interact and listen to India's outstanding Parliamentarians.  We have exclusive lecture sessions and panel discussions with participation by eminent policy makers and experts.    

Interested  may register through the following link.  

This programme will be useful for political and civil service aspirants. 

We have also developed an android apps for registration.  This can be downloaded from 
Google Play :

There is no Registration fee.  But registration is a must.  Only limited seats are available. Registration will be closed when the hall capacity is reached. 

Full programme schedule :

8th edition of Sansad Ratna Awards 2017

8th edition of Sansad Ratna Awards 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

8th Edition of Sansad Ratna Awards 2017 - 27th May 2017 @ IIT Madras - Registration open

On behalf of Editorial Team of  eMagazine PreSense and Sansad Ratna Awards Committee, we are please to commence the Registration for Delegates of 8th Edition of Sansad Ratna Awards 2017 and 6th Edition of National Seminar on Politics, Governance and Democracy.  The event is scheduled on Saturday the 27th May 2017 at IIT Madras.   During this event, 8 Lok Sabha MPs and 3 Rajya Sabha MPs will be honoured with 'Sansad Ratna Awards' based on their  performance up to the end of Budget Session 2017.  

Broadly the programme is as follows:

9.45 am to 10.45 am - Special lectures on Parliamentary system
11 am to 1 pm - Award function - Hon'ble Justice (Retd) Sri Sathasivam, The Governor of Kerala is the Chief Guest.  
2 pm to 3 pm - Panel Discussion I - Vision 2022 Agriculture
3.30 to 4.30 pm - Panel Discussion II - Tamil Nadu Vision 2022 

There is no participation fee.
Tea / Lunch will be provided
Participants will have the opportunity to interact with the outstanding Indian Parliamentarians
Registration is must due to the capacity of the auditorium.  

Registration can be done through this link

Please keep visiting the site for updates.

Please share this mail/ information with people who are interested.  

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Sansad Ratna 2017 - Jury Committee Meeting held at Delhi on 14th March 2017

(L to R) Shri Anandrao Adsul, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Shri Hansraj G Ahir, Shri Bhawanesh Deora (Secretary, Sansad Ratna Awards Committee) and Prime Point Srinivasan (Editor in Chief, PreSense)
The 8th Edition of Sansad Ratna Awards will be held on Saturday, 27th May 2017 at IIT Madras.   Hon’ble Justice (Retd) Shri Sathasivam, Governor of Kerala will be the Chief Guest.  Hon’ble Union Ministers Shri Hansraj G Ahir, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal and Shri P P Chaudhary, Sansad Ratna Award winners in the previous years will be the Guests of Honour.  Shri Anandrao Adsul, Chairman of the Jury Committee and the Chairman of the Parliamentary Board of Shiv Sena will preside over the event. This Award is also one of the initiatives of the ezine PreSense. 

Shri Anandrao Adsul, Shri Hansraj Ahir and Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, the Members of the Jury Committee met at Delhi on 14th March 2017 (picture above) to frame the rules for Sansad Ratna 2017 Awards.  There will be 8 Awards under 7 categories for sitting Lok Sabha Members and 3 Awards for the Rajya Sabha Members who retired in 2016. The winners will be decided based on the performance till the end of Budget Session 2017. 

Please keeping visiting this site frequentlyto get all updates.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Analysis of performance of MPs group-wise till the end of Part I of Budget Session 2017 - Interesting facts

We furnish below an analysis of the performance of our Lok Sabha Members up to the end of Part I one of Budget Session 2017.  The data relates to the period from 1st June 2014 to 9th February 2017.   The second part of Budget Session starts on 9th March 2017.  Hence, we are releasing this analysis now so that the Members may improve their performance further.  

Sansad Ratna Team has analysed the performance state-wise, party-wise, gender-wise , term-wiseand agegroup-wise. Please go through the interesting facts.

State-wise performance:

Among the bigger states, Maharashtra and Kerala have done well.  West Bengal with 45 Members has shown a bad performance. 

Political pary-wise performance:

Among the political parties, Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party have shown good performance.   In spite of having 37 members, Trinamool Congress has shown the bad performance.  

Gender-wise and Age-wise performance

Uniformly women members have shown good performance matching with their male colleagues, though they have only 61 members.  The members in the age group of 45 to 54 have shown good performance closely followed by younger members.  

Term-wise performance

Third term and second term members have shown good performance.  More than 300 members are first term MPs.  

For the purpose of analysis, we have not taken into account the Ministers, who are not eligible to participate in debates and raise questions.

Data source: PRS India

By K. Srinivasan, Editor in Chief, PreSense

Friday, March 3, 2017

Sansad Ratna Awards 2017 - Rules for Selection Process

The eighth Edition of Sansad Ratna Awards will be presented to outstanding Parliamentarians at Chennai on Saturday, 27th May 2017 at IIT, Madras.  The Awards are instituted by this ezine PreSense and Prime Point Foundation. There are five categories of Awards for Lok Sabha and two Awards for Rajya Sabha.:

Award Categories

1.  Topper in Debates (only original initiated debates) – Lok Sabha
2.  Topper in Private Members Bills – Lok Sabha
3.  Topper in Questions – Lok Sabha
4.  Topper among women MPs for overall tally – Lok Sabha
5.  Topper among the first time MPs for overall tally – Lok Sabha
6.  Toppers among the 2016 Rajya Sabha retirees
     (one overall topper and one topper among women retiree MPs)

Other Additional Parameters

Lok Sabha Members

In addition to being topper, they should comply with the following conditions:
1.  70% attendance in the House
2.  70% attendance in the Committee Meetings (at least two Committees)
3.  50% spend in the MPLAD (as recorded in the website)
4.  Should be within the top 10 for overall tally (except for the Women category)

Rajya Sabha Members

1.    Topper among the retirees, who have completed 6 years and retired in 2016, for total tally:
(Debates + Private Members Bills + Questions).  No other additional parameters.
Stages in the Selection Process

  1.  Nominations will be examined by the Selection Committee for Awards, based on the above parameters.
  2.  Nominees will be informed confidentially by the Committee.
  3.  Acceptance of the nomination and receiving the Award at Chennai during the function.
  4. Announcement of the Awardees will be made only after the nominees acknowledge and accept the Award personally. If the nominees do not acknowledge and accept the Award, the next qualifying nominee will be selected.


For performance data:  PRS India site (A separate data sheet, excluding the associated matters, received from PRS India, will be uploaded by us for reference)

For Committee Meetings:


Jury Committee for Selection of Award Winners (Sansad Maha Ratna Awardees of 15th Lok Sabha)

Shri Anandrao Adsul MP - Chairman
Shri Hansraj G Ahir , Hon'ble MOS (Home)
Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Hon MOS (Finance & CA)

(The Jury Committee has the right to modify/amend/relax any eligibility condition depending on the other parameters.  The decision of Jury Committee is final)

We will be posting updates on the website
For more details mail to

Budget Session 2017 (Part I) – An Analysis

The first Part of the Budget Session 2017 (11th Session of the 16th Lok Sabha) commenced on 31st January 2017 with a Parliamentary address by the President of India.  After sitting for 8 days, the first part concluded on 9th February 2017.  For the first time in India, the Union Budget was presented on 1st February 2017, instead of the earlier 28th February. For the first time again, the Railway Budget was presented as part of the Union Budget. 

During the first part of Budget Session 2017, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha functioned for 33.8 hours and 26.6 hours respectively.  Lok Sabha recorded a productivity of 105% and Rajya Sabha 89%.

The second part of the Budget Session 2017 will commence on 9th March 2017 and conclude on 12th April 2017.

The following Members of Lok Sabha are the toppers for the overall tally (Debates + Private Members Bills + Questions) for the period from 1st June 2014 to 9th February 2017.

Private Members Bills
Shrirang Appa Barne
(SS, Maharashtra)
Supriya Sule
(NCP, Maharashtra)
Dhananjay Bhimrao Mahadik
(NCP, Maharashtra)
* Only initiated debates are considered. Associated debates not included.

Interestingly, at this stage, all the three toppers are from Maharashtra. PreSense congratulates the top performers. 

By K. Srinivasan, Editor in Chief

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Winter Session (2016) of Parliament – A Complete Washout

The Winter Session 2016 of the Indian Parliament was a disastrous one, causing disappointment to all the voters who had elected their representatives.   This winter session (2016), with repeated disruptions on the issue of demonetisation of currency, was the least productive session for both Houses (Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha) in the last 15 years.   In spite of the President of India conveying his anguish, the opposition leaders did not allow the Parliament to function on the pretext of one reason or the other.   Both the ruling and the opposition benches blamed each other for this ruckus.

Loss of Productivity

The Lok Sabha worked for 15% of the scheduled time and the Rajya Sabha for 18%.  While the Lok Sabha lost 107 hours of its scheduled time to disruptions, the Rajya Sabha lost 101 hours. Both the Houses had their least productive Question Hour session in the 16th Lok Sabha. Only two of the 330 listed questions in Rajya Sabha could be answered orally. This has been one of the least productive Question Hour sessions for the Rajya Sabha in the last three Parliaments.  In the Lok Sabha, only 11% of the questions could be answered orally. 

Legislative Business

90% of the planned legislative business could not be transacted; the Lok Sabha passed the Taxation Bill without discussion.  At the beginning of the session, 19 Bills were listed for consideration and passage; none of these were passed. Out of the nine Bills listed for introduction, three were introduced. Only two Bills were passed during this session.

Top 3 Performers (from 1st June 2014 to 16th December 2016)

The following Members of the Lok Sabha have scored maximum points from the beginning of the 16th Lok Sabha till the end of Winter Session 2016.  (For the purpose of our analysis, we considered only initiated debates, and excluded associate debates). 
  • Shri Shrirang Appa Barne (Shiv Sena, Maharashtra)  - Debates (76), Private Members Bills (8), Questions (672) – Total 756 – Attendance 92%.
  • Smt Supriya Sule, Nationalist Congress Party,  Maharashtra - Debates (49), Private Members Bills (8), Questions (680) – Total 737 – Attendance 95%.
  • Shri Rajeev Shankarrao Satav, Indian National Congress, Maharashtra - Debates (66), Private Members Bills (10), Questions (627) – Total 703 – Attendance 83%.

Interestingly, all the above three top performers are from Maharashtra.  PreSense congratulates all the top performers.

Source: Lok Sabha Website / PRS India 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Sansad Ratna Awards Committee 2016-17 constituted

In 2010, eMagazine Presense  started an initiative to  honour the top performing Parliamentarians based on different parameters every year after the Budget Session with Sansad Ratna Awards.  The selection process is transparent based on the data released by PRS India. This Award is given on behalf of the civil society.    

8th edition of Sansad Ratna Awards will be held at Chennai during June / July 2017 at IIT Madras, after the Budget Sesssion 2017.   Editorial Team of ezine PreSense has constituted an independent Committee of experts from different fields to monitor the performance of Parliamentarians and to assist the Judges of selection committee.   

Sansad Ratna Awards Committee 2016-17
(consisting of civil society members)

Selection Committee Judges

Shri Anandrao Adsul MP
Shri Hansraj G Ahir,  MOS Home 
Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal MOS Finance

(The above three Parliamentarians are the Sansad Maha Ratna Awardees for consistent and outstanding performance in the 15th Lok Sabha)


Dr Maria  Zeena Jhonson - Director, Sathyabama University
Dr Sudarshan Padmanabhan - Academician - Associate Professor of IIT Madras
Dr R  Jagannathan - Academician - Former Vice Chancellor of Middle East University

Shri Srinivasa Prabhu - Senior official
Shri N Varadharajan - Senior official 

Smt Susan Koshy - Former General Manager of IDBI Bank and Editor of PreSense
Shri V Rajendran - Cyber Advocate and former banker
Shri T N Ashok - Senior economic and political  Journalist 
Jhon Arockiaswamy - Communication strategist

Sansad Ratna Awards Commttee

K. Srinivasan - Editor in Chief, PreSense

Vice Presidents
R Nurullah - Senior Tamil political  journalist
Venugopal Mohan - Academician and Social worker
N V Krishnan - Social worker

Bhawanesh Deora - Entrepreneur and social worker

Additional Secretaries
Ramesh Sethuraman - IT expert and Entrepreneur 
Sivakeerthi - Academician and social worker

Joint Secretary
S G Suryah - Advocate and social worker

N Rajaji - Social worker

Committee Members
Bhoopathy (Narayanaswamy) - Architect
Siddharth Mani - Advocate
Sukruti Vadula Narayanan - Robotic Engineer
P Prabhakaran - Software Engineer
Ravi Senthil - Entrepreneur and social worker
PTT Rajan - Entrepreneur and social worker

Monday, July 18, 2016

Role of Parliamentarians - Talk by Prime Point Srinivasan at Rajaji Centre

Dr Sridharan (Fomrer Parliamentarian), Prime Point Srinivasan and G Narayanaswamy (President, Rajaji Centre)
Dr Sridharan (Former Parliamentarian), Prime Point Srinivasan and G Narayanaswamy (President, Rajaji Centre)
Rajaji Centre for Public Affairs organised a talk by Prime Point Srinivasan on "Role of Parliamentarians" on Sunday the 17th July 2016.  Many eminent persons like Shri B S Raghavan (Former IAS Officier and who served with Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru), Shri G Narayanaswamy (famous Chartered Accountant and President of Rajaji Centre) and Dr Sridharan (Former Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Member) were also present.

Prime Point Srinivasan explained the functioning of the Parliament and the constitutional responsibilities of both the Houses.  He also compared how Parliamentarians can participate in the proceedigns of the House under various opportunities.  He also compared the performance of 15th Lok Sabha and the present Lok Sabha under different parameters.

The power point presentation is embedded here for the benefit of public.

The photos taken during the occassion are:

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