Sunday, July 28, 2019

Parameters for Sansad Ratna Awards for 17th Lok Sabha

Sansad Ratna Awards for 17th Lok Sabha - Jury Committee Members - L to R - Shri Shrirang Appa Barne, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal and Shri N K Premachandran

A new Jury Committee has been constituted for 17th Lok Sabha.

1.Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Hon’ble MOS Parliamentary Affairs – Chairman
2.Shri N K Premachandran MP (RSP – Kerala) – Member
3.Shri Shrirang Appa Barne MP (Shiv Sena – Maharashtra) – Member

The Jury Committee Members themselves were Sansad Ratna Awardees of the 15th and 16th Lok Sabha.

The newly constituted Jury Committee for the Sansad Ratna Awards met at Delhi on 4th July 2019  under the Chairmanship of the Parliamentary Affairs and Heavy Industries Minister, Mr Arjun Ram Meghwal, and finalised the parameters to select the outstanding performers of the 17th Lok Sabha.

PARAMETERS FOR SANSAD RATNA AWARDS FOR 17TH LOK SABHA


1.           Debates :-

a.           Zero Hour
b.           matter under Rule of 377
c.           Calling Attention
d.           Private Members Bills / Private Members Resolution
e.           Written Speeches laid on the Table of the House.

The number of Debates in respect of Government Bills, Budget, President’s Address, etc. have not been taken into account as only the Party nominates the Speaker to participate in the debate and individual M.P.s has no role in it.

2.      Questions :-
a.           Number of oral questions
b.           Number of unstarred questions (written and answers)
    
3.      Private Members Bills :-
a.     Number of Private Bills introduced.
    
Awards

1)           For Debates                -       Paragraph 1 may be taken into account
2)           For Questions              -       Paragraph 2 may be taken into account 
3)           For Private Members’s Bills - Paragraph 3 may be taken into account 
4)           For overall  (3 awards)  -      1+2+3
              (General + one woman + First time MP)          
(Attendance and MPLAD utilization are additional qualifying parameters)
         
Excellence Award :-
Number of Debates including Government Bills, Budget, President Address, etc. + Questions +  Private Members Bills
( Attendance and MP Lad funds for additional qualifying parameters).

Jury Committee Special Awards
Every year Jury Committee will decide on the number of awards. 
(For quality of debates, intervention, etc.)


Rajya Sabha Award
Topper among the retires of previous year (Debates + Questions + Private Members Bills)

Awards for Standing Committees
Topper for Reports presented and number of meetings held. (Bills excluded)

Additional eligibility parameters

4.      Attendance :-
a.           Attendance in the House (Minimum 70%)
b.           Attendance during sittings of the Committee (Minimum 60%)
    
5.      MPLADS Funds :-
a.      Amount recommended  under MPLADS funds (Minimum recommendation 75%)

Awards will be presented every year after the Budget Session. Jury Committee decision is final.

Data source : Lok Sabha Secretariat and PRS India.


  

Friday, March 1, 2019

eMagazine PreSense launches a new tool to evaluate the performance of Lok Sabha


Prime Point Foundation, eMagazine PreSense and Sansad Ratna Awards Committee have now worked out a tool to evaluate the performance of Lok Sabha.   The norms have been worked in consultation with experts and Parliamentarians based on the rules, practices, paast averages and the capacity.   This tool is named as 'PreSense Lok Sabha Index'.  The tool is released  on 1st March 2019 in the February issue of PreSense.  The performance index of 14th, 15th and 16th Lok Sabha is as follows:

The norms are explained in the following table for better understanding.


Sunday, January 20, 2019

Supporting organisations honoured during 10th Anniversary of Sansad Ratna Awards function

10th Anniversary of Sansad Ratna Awards was held at Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan, Chennai on 19th January 2019.  12 Parliamentarians were honoured by Shri Banwarilal Purohit, Hon'ble Governor of Tamil Nadu for their outstanding performance.  
Supporting organisations honoured during the 10th Anniversary of Sansad Ratna Awards function
During the occassion, IIT Madras, Canara Bank, Sathyabama University, PRS India, Dr Ganesan, Shri Triambak Sharma were also honoured for their support during the journey of 10 years of Sansad Ratna Awards. 




10th Anniversary of Sansad Ratna Awards 2019 - speeches

10th Anniversary of Sansad Ratna Awards 2019 was held at Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan, Chennai on 19th January 2019.  Hon'ble Governor of Tamil Nadu Shri Banwarilal Purohit presented the Sansad Ratna Awards to 12 Parliamentarians.

Shri K. Srinivasan, Chairman, Prime Point Foundation and Founder of Sansad Ratna Awards delivered welcome address.

Shri T S Krishnamurthy, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India delivered the Key Note Address.




Hon'ble Governor of Tamil Nadu Shri Banwarilal Purohit addressed the audience .





10th Anniversary of Sansad Ratna Awards 2019 held at Raj Bhavan, chennai - 12 Parliamentarians honoured

Prime Point Foundation, eMagazine PreSense and Sansad Ratna Awards Committee organised the 10th Anniversary of Sansad Ratna Awards at Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan, Chennai on Saturday, 19th January 2019.  Shri Banwarilal Purohit, Hon'ble Governor of Tamil Nadu presented the Sansad Ratna Awards 2019 to 9 retired Rajya Sabha Members, 9 Lok Sabha Members and one Standing Committee.  
Sansad Ratna 2019 Awardees Sitting: L to R – Dr Veerappa Moily, T S Krishnamurthy, Hon’ble Governor of Tamil Nadu Sri Banwarilal Purohit, Bartruhari Mahtab, Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu Standing: L to R – Nishikant Dubey, Rajani Patil, Dr Heena Gavit, N K Premachandran, Rajeev Shankarrao Satav,    Supriya Sule, Dhananjay Bhimrao Mahadik, Shrirang Appa Barne, Anurag Thakur
Sansad Ratna 2019 Awardees
Sitting: L to R – Dr Veerappa Moily, T S Krishnamurthy, Hon’ble Governor of Tamil Nadu Sri Banwarilal Purohit, Bartruhari Mahtab, Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu
Standing: L to R – Nishikant Dubey, Rajani Patil, Dr Heena Gavit, N K Premachandran, Rajeev Shankarrao Satav,    Supriya Sule, Dhananjay Bhimrao Mahadik, Shrirang Appa Barne, Anurag Thakur
The awardees were selected by a Jury Committee of eminent Parliamentarians Shri Anandrao Adsul (5th time MP), Shri Hansraj Ahir (4th time MP and MOS Home Affairs) and Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal (2nd time MP and MOS Parliamentary Affairs).  The Jury Committee Members themselves were 'Sansad Maha Ratna' awardees of 15th Lok Sabha.  
Dr Veerappa Moily, Chairman of Finance Committee receiving the Sansad Ratna Awards from Hon’ble Governor of Tamil Nadu Shri Banwarilal Purohit. The other Finance Committee Members joined him to receive the Award.
Dr Veerappa Moily, Chairman of Finance Committee receiving the Sansad Ratna Awards from Hon’ble Governor of Tamil Nadu Shri Banwarilal Purohit. The other Finance Committee Members joined him to receive the Award.
Shri Prime Point Srinivasan, Chairman, Prime Point Foundation and Founder of Sansad Ratna Awards gave welcome address.  Felicitation messages were received from Hon'ble Vice President of India, Hon'ble Speaker of 16th Lok Sabha and Governors & Chief Ministers of various States.  Smt. Susan Koshy, Editor in Chief, PreSense read the felicitation messages.  Shri Bhawanesh Deora, President of Sansad Ratna Awards Committee proposed vote of thanks.

Doordarshan Kendra, Chennai (Podhigai) telecast live the entire programme nationwide. 

Please watch the video of Award presentation.


Updated on 1st Feb 2019

January 2019 (143rd edition) of eMagazine PreSense focussed on the 10th Anniversary of Sansad Ratna Awards.  The eMagazine may be downloaded from the following link.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Sansad Ratna 2019 event - Doordarshan Chennai to telecast live

Sansad Ratna Awards 2019 will be held at Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan, Chennai on Saturday, 19th January 2019 from 3 PM.  Hon'ble Governor of Tamil Nadu Thiru Banwarilal Purohit  will present the Awards to top performing Parliamentarians.

The proceedings will be live telecast from Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan, Chennai from 3 pm by Doordarshan, Chennai Kendra (Pothigai).  This can be watched across the nation through the following DTH
DD Podhigai
Tata Sky - 1599
Sun Direct - 122
Dish TV - 1849
Videocon  - 553
Reliance - 651
Airtel Digital TV - 820
DD Podhigai can also watched live from the site
www.ddpodhigai.org.in

We will be uploading all the photos and Press materials in the following link.

Monday, December 31, 2018

10th edition of Sansad Ratna Awards on 19th Jan 2019 at Chennai


The 10th Edition of the Sansad Ratna Awards is scheduled to be held on Saturday, January 19th 2019 at 3.00 pm at Raj Bhavan, Chennai.

Top performing Parliamentarians of the 16th Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha will be honoured during the event. The outstanding ‘Departmentally Related Parliamentary Standing Committee’ will also be honoured at the event. The Hon’ble Governor of Tamil Nadu, Shri Banwarilal Purohit will present the awards to the Members of Parliament.  The awardees are nominated by a Jury Committee of eminent Parliamentarians.

Looking Back


The Sansad Ratna Awards has come a long way from its first edition held in May 2010 in a modest function at the Thakkar Bapa Vidyalaya, Chennai before a limited audience, through the past years in the prestigious premises of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IITM) to the latest edition to be held in the premises of Raj Bhavan, Chennai.


It has braved several challenges over the years, especially lack of visibility and publicity and today, it stands recognised and appreciated for its credibility and positive focus of recognising outstanding performers among our country’s lawmakers and keepers.

The Sansad Ratna Awards is an initiative of Prime Point Foundation and eMagazine, PreSense, motivated by the suggestion of late Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India, who himself launched the first event via a tele-conference. 

This is the only award presented to top performing Parliamentarians in India on behalf of the ‘civil society’.

Entry to the function is only by invitation due to space constraints. However, the entire programme is being webcast live on that day from www.sansadratna.in

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Performance of Individuals, Political Parties and States in the 16th Lok Sabha upto Monsoon Session 2018




The 15th Session of the Parliament (Monsoon Session 2018) adjourned sine die on August 10, 2018. Lok Sabha voted on a no-confidence motion which was won by the government. It also discussed issues related to the recent floods and drought in the country. Rajya Sabha discussed the final draft of the National Register of Citizens in Assam, non-implementation of the provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganising Act, incidents of misuse of the social media and mob lynching.

Rajya Sabha also elected its Deputy Chairman. In addition, the supplementary demands for grants were discussed in Lok Sabha. 20 legislative Bills were introduced during the session and 18 were passed other than the two Appropriation Bills. Four Bills were withdrawn. Lok Sabha worked for 110% of the scheduled hours and Rajya Sabha for 68%.

Top Performers – Individuals

The top 5 performers of the 16th Lok Sabha from the first session till the end of the 15th Session (Monsoon Session 2018) are given below.  The table indicates the cumulative performance of the Members of Parliament (MPs) from the beginning of 16th Lok Sabha.

MP
Political party
Initiated Debates (ID)
Private Members Bills (PMB)
Questions (Qns)
Total of ID+PMB+ Qns
Attendance
Supriya Sule
Nationalist Congress Party
95
19
1049
1163
96%
Shrirang Appa Barne
Shiv Sena
111
20
998
1129
94%
Rajeev Shankarrao Satav
Indian National Congress
114
19
989
1122
81%
Dhananjay Bhimrao Mahadik
Nationalist Congress Party
49
3
1042
1094
73%
Shivaji Adhalrao Patil
Shiv Sena
25
13
985
1023
68%
Source: PRS India
All the MPs are from Maharashtra

Incidentally, all the top 5 performers are from the state of Maharashtra.  They are also Sansad Ratna Awardees in the previous years.

Performance of States

The average score of the 16th Lok Sabha till the end of the Monsoon Session per MP is 281.  Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Jharkhand have shown performance score of more than 400.  West Bengal and Jammu & Kashmir have shown poor performance.

States
MPs
Initiated debates (ID)
Sum of Private Member Bills (PMB)
Questions (Qns)
ID + PMB + Qns
Total
Average
Total
Average
Total
Average
Maharashtra
50
1910
39.8
187
24192
504.0
26289
547.7
Tamil Nadu
39
1482
39.0
0
15032
395.6
16514
434.6
Kerala
21
1711
81.5
80
7762
369.6
9553
454.9
Jharkhand
14
730
56.2
71
4793
368.7
5594
430.3
Karnataka
28
838
32.2
8
8462
325.5
9308
358.0
Rajasthan
27
1340
49.6
78
7719
285.9
9137
338.4
Delhi
7
303
50.5
67
1705
284.2
2075
345.8
Telangana
18
575
31.9
33
4533
251.8
5141
285.6
Haryana
10
418
52.3
24
1967
245.9
2409
301.1
Madhya Pradesh
31
867
31.0
20
6635
237.0
7522
268.6
Andhra Pradesh
25
852
35.5
15
5665
236.0
6532
272.2
Gujarat
26
645
24.8
55
6107
234.9
6807
261.8
Chhattisgarh
11
211
21.1
1
2070
207.0
2282
228.2
Odisha
22
908
43.2
63
4027
191.8
4998
238.0
Bihar
41
1669
43.9
101
6221
163.7
7991
210.3
Uttar Pradesh
83
2565
33.3
101
12073
156.8
14739
191.4
Assam
15
501
33.4
8
1937
129.1
2446
163.1
Uttarakhand
5
177
35.4
28
573
114.6
778
155.6
Punjab
15
472
33.7
11
1343
95.9
1826
130.4
West Bengal
46
1142
24.8
13
3462
75.3
4617
100.4
Jammu and Kashmir
7
120
20.0
1
346
57.7
467
77.8
National
20129
37.3
999
130598
241.8
151726
281.0
Source: PRS India
States with more than 5 MPs only are taken up for analysis

Performance of Political Parties

The following table indicates the cumulative performance of the political parties in the 16th Lok Sabha from the first Session till the 15th Session.   Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party have shown very good performance.  They have done very well under ‘Questions’ category.  CPI (M) has done very well under ‘Debates’ category.  All India Trinamool Congress showed the poorest performance (average score for this party is 87.6 while the National average is 281). 

Out of 999 Private Members Bills, Members of Bharatiya Janata Party, Indian National Congress and Shiv Sena alone have introduced 760 bills.  Although All India Anna DMK with 37 MPs, has shown good performance with an average score of 444.7, their Members have not introduced even a single Private Members Bill. 

Row Labels
MPs
Initiated debates (ID)
Total Private Member Bills (PMB)
Questions
ID + PMB + Qns
Total
Average
Total
Average
Total
Average
Shiv Sena
18
842
49.5
74
10488
616.9
11404
670.8
Nationalist Congress Party
7
224
32.0
22
3597
513.9
3843
549.0
Communist Party of India (Marxist)
9
854
94.9
23
3137
348.6
4014
446.0
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
37
1471
39.8
0
14982
404.9
16453
444.7
Indian National Congress
49
1984
40.5
119
12624
257.6
14727
300.6
Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party
9
379
42.1
2
2219
246.6
2600
288.9
Telugu Desam Party
16
511
34.1
14
3744
249.6
4269
284.6
Bharatiya Janata Party
287
9133
34.6
567
59535
225.5
69235
262.3
Telangana Rashtra Samithi
12
445
37.1
30
2539
211.6
3014
251.2
Biju Janata Dal
21
908
43.2
63
4027
191.8
4998
238.0
Rashtriya Janata Dal
5
414
82.8
27
536
107.2
977
195.4
Samajwadi Party
7
116
16.6
1
1080
154.3
1197
171.0
Lok Jan Shakti Party
6
52
10.4
0
469
93.8
521
104.2
All India Trinamool Congress
38
817
21.5
8
2505
65.9
3330
87.6
National
20129
37.3
999
130598
241.8
151726
281.0
Source: PRS India
Only those political parties with more than 5 Members were considered for this analysis

PreSense congratulates all the top performers. 

We have already announced the Sansad Maha Ratna Guidelines for the 16th Lok Sabha.  Please click the link.


By K. Srinivasan, Publisher & Managing Editor 



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