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)

Advisors

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

President  
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

Secretary
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

Treasurer
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:

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sansad Ratna Awards 2016 - 7th edition - Panel discussion on Challenges and expectations from State Assemblies (Tamil)

National Seminar on Politics, Democracy and Governance (5th edition) and Sansad Ratna Awards 2016 (7th Edition) was  held at IIT Madras on 11th June 2016.  This programme was organised by Prime Point Foundation, eMagazine PreSense jointly with IIT Madras. Please visit previous postings.

Two panel discussions were held during the post lunch sessions.

Panel discussion on 'Electoral Reforms':

L to R: Arjun Ram Meghwal, T S Krishna Murthy, T K Rangarajan and Moderator S A Hariharan
L to R: Arjun Ram Meghwal, T S Krishna Murthy, T K Rangarajan and Moderator S A Hariharan
A Panel discussion was held on 'Electoral Reforms'.  T S Krishna Murthy (Former Chief Election Commissioner of India), Arjun Ram Meghwal (Chief Whip of BJP) and T K Rangarajan (CPIM Rajya Sabha MP) were the panelists.  Popular TV anchor S A Hariharan moderated the programme.  Please watch the video.   T S Krishna Murthy, when he was the Chief Election Commissioner of India, submitted an official recommendation to the then Prime Minister in 2004 suggesting Electoral Reforms.  This recommendation is the only official document pending with Government of India for action.  Click here to download the original recommendation.


L to R: K S Alagiri, Bhanu Gomes, Dr C K Tamilarasan and S A Hariharan
L to R: K S Alagiri, Bhanu Gomes, Dr C K Tamilarasan and S A Hariharan
The second panel discussion was on 'State Assembly - Challenges and expectations'.  The proceedings were in Tamil.  The programme was moderated by S A Hariharan.  K S Alagiri (Congress - Ex MP and MLA), Dr C K Tamilarasan (RPI - Ex MLA) and Bhanu Gomes (Social worker) were the panelists.  Please watch the video.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Sansad Ratna Awards 2016 - 7th edition - Global and Indian Parliamentary system

Dr Sudarshan Padmanabhan and B Srinivasa Prabhu on Global and Indian Parlliamentary democracy
National Seminar on Politics, Democracy and Governance (5th edition) and Sansad Ratna Awards (7th edition) were held at IIT Madras on 11th June 2016.  Six MPs were honoured with Sansad Ratna Awards by Prime Point Foundation and eMagazine PreSense.  Dr C Rangarajan (Former Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Reserve Bank of India) presented the Awards and delivered his speech.  Dr Bhaskar Ramamurthy, Director of IIT delivered Key Note address.  click here for their speeches.

Arjun Ram Meghwal (Chief Whip of BJP in Lok Sabha), Sansad Maha Ratna Awardee of 15th Lok Sabha and Selection Committee Member delivered his speech.

Before the Award function, Dr Sudarshan Padmanabhan, Associate Professor of IIT Madras delivered a speech on Parliamentary Democracy at global level.  Dr B Srinivasa Prabhu, Director of Lok Sabha Secretariat delivered a speech on Indian Parliamentary system.  Please watch the video for their speeches. 

Dr Sudarshan Padmanabhan


B Srinivasa Prabhu

Sansad Ratna Awards 2016 - 7th edition - speeches

Arjun Ram Meghwal
Arjun Ram Meghwal
National Seminar on Politics, Democracy and Governance (5th edition) and Sansad Ratna Awards (7th edition) were held at IIT Madras on 11th June 2016.  Six MPs were honoured with Sansad Ratna Awards by Prime Point Foundation and eMagazine PreSense.  Dr C Rangarajan (Former Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Reserve Bank of India) presented the Awards and delivered his speech.  Dr Bhaskar Ramamurthy, Director of IIT delivered Key Note address.  click here for their speeches.

Arjun Ram Meghwal (Chief Whip of BJP in Lok Sabha), Sansad Maha Ratna Awardee of 15th Lok Sabha and Selection Committee Member delivered his speech.

Dr Sudarshan Padmanabhan, Associate Professor of IIT Madras proposed vote of thanks.

Sansad Ratna Awards 2016 - 7th edition - Award function speeches

L to R: Prime Point Srinivasan, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Dr C Rangarajan, Dr Bhaskar Ramurthy, Dr Sudarshan Padmanabhan, Bhawanesh Deora
L to R: Prime Point Srinivasan, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Dr C Rangarajan, Dr Bhaskar Ramurthy, Dr Sudarshan Padmanabhan, Bhawanesh Deora
National Seminar on Politics, Democracy and Governance (5th edition) and Sansad Ratna Awards (7th edition) were held at IIT Madras on 11th June 2016.  Six MPs were honoured with Sansad Ratna Awards by Prime Point Foundation and eMagazine PreSense.

Dr C Rangarajan (Former Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Reserve Bank of India) presented the Awards.  During his speech he emphasised the need for the members to discuss not on party lines, but on their own individual perceptions.  Please download the script of his speech.



Dr Bhaskar Ramamurthy, Director of IIT Madras in his Key Note address offered to provide intern students at the disposal of MPs to make a study in their constituency for any development using technology.  




Prime Point Srinivasan, Founder of Sansad Ratna Awards in his welcome speech explained the process of transparent selection process.  He said that the Awards were being given on behalf of the civil society.  When the Civil Society took the pains of identifying the good performers, he appealed to the political parties to utilise their talents for the benefit of the society.

Sansad Ratna Awards 2016 (7th Edition) - 6 MPs honoured with Sansad Ratna Award


Sansad Ratna Awardees 2016 - L to R - Prime Point Srinivasan, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Dr Heena Gavit, Shrirang Appa Barne, Rajeev Satav, P P Chaudhary, Dr C Rangarajan, Shivaji Adhalrao Patil, P Rajeev, Dr Bhaskar Ramamurthy, Bhawanesh Deora, Dr Sudarshan Padmanabhan
Sansad Ratna Awardees 2016 - L to R - Prime Point Srinivasan, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Dr Heena Gavit, Shrirang Appa Barne, Rajeev Satav, P P Chaudhary, Dr C Rangarajan, Shivaji Adhalrao Patil, P Rajeev, Dr Bhaskar Ramamurthy, Bhawanesh Deora, Dr Sudarshan Padmanabhan
National Seminar on Politics, Democracy and Governance (5th edition) and Sansad Ratna Awards 2016 (7th edition) was held at IIT Madras on Saturday the 11th June 2016.  6 MPs were honoured with Sansad Ratna Awards 2016 under 7 categories. Dr C Rangarajan (Former Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Reserve Bank of India) presented the Awards.

Shivaji Adhalrao Patil (Shiv Sena MP, Shirur, maharashtra),  P P Chaudhary (BJP MP, Pali, Rajasthan), Shrirang Appa Barne (Shiv Sena MP, Maval, Maharashtra), Dr Heena Vijaykumar Gavit (BJP MP, Nandurbar, Maharashtra), Rajeev Shankarrao Satav (Congress MP, Hingoli, Mahrashtra) and P Rajeev (Retired Rajya Sabha MP from kerala) were the receipients of Awards.

Selection Committee Members Hansraj G Ahir (Hon'ble Minister of State) and Arjun Ram Meghwal (Chief Whip of BJP) were the Guests of Honour.  They were the outstanding Parliamentarians of 15th Lok Sabha and were honoured with 'Sansad Maha Ratna' Award for their sustained performance in 15th Lok Sabha.

Dr C Rangarajan in his address wanted the debates in Parliament should not be on party lines, but should be based on the views of individual members.

Dr Bhaskar Ramamurthy, Director of IIT Madras offered to send intern students to MP's constituencies to study and recommend projects involving technology for the benefit of the people. Arjun Ram Meghwal, voluntarily offered to accept interns for his Bikanir constituency.

Prime Point Srinivasan, Founder of Sansad Ratna Awards in his welcome address, appealed to all political parties to utilise the services of performing members for the benefit of the society.

Presentation of Awards

Awardees sharing their feelings 

Photos of the event

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Sansad Ratna Awards 2016 - 7th Edition - Programme Schedule & Registration link

There is no participation fee.  Lunch and Tea will be provided.  But Registration is a MUST.  Since the hall capacity is only around 200, we will accommodate the registrations on 'First come, First served basis'.  Please share this registration link.  Interested may register immediately.  The detailed programme is given below.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uLdYh_zjIfbY_VvIChdOPEhJzf-7qw5dnT2sAveOVaw/viewform



Programme Schedule
Saturday the 11th June 2016
IC&SR Auditorium, IIT Madras

9.00 am
Registration

10.00 am
"Parliamentary Democracy at Global level - An overview"  - Dr Sudarshan Padmanabhan, Associate Professor, IIT Madras

10.30 am
"Indian Parliamentary system" - Shri B Srinivasa Prabhu, Director, Lok Sabha Secretariat, New Delhi

11.00 am
Tea Break

11.30 am
Presentation of Sansad Ratna Awards 2016 - 6 categories
(Debates, Private Members Bills, Questions, Women, First Time MP and Rajaya Sabha MP)

Presided by
Shri Anandrao Adsul (5th time MP) Sansad Maha Ratna Awardee of 15th Lok Sabha and Chairman of Selection Committee of Sansad Ratna Awards

Chief Guest:
Dr C Rangarajan, Former Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Former Governor of Reserve Bank of India

Guests of honour: (Sansad Maha Ratnas of 15th Lok Sabha)
Shri Hansraj G Ahir, Hon'ble Minister of State, Chemicals and Fertilisers, Government of India. (4th time MP)

Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal MP (Chief Whip of BJP), Second time MP

Key Note Address
Dr Bhaskar Ramamurthy, Director, IIT Madras


1.00 pm


Lunch

2.00 pm
Panel Discussion I - Electoral Reforms

Panelists:
Shri T S Krishna Murthy (Former Chief Election Commissioner of India)
Shri T K Rangarajan MP (CPI M)
Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal MP (Chief Whip of BJP)

Anchor:  Shri Hariharan, Thanthi TV

3.00 pm
Tea

3.30 pm
Panel Discussion II - State Assembly - Challenges and Expectations  (in Tamil)

Panelists:
Dr C K Thamizharasan Ex MLA (Republican Party of India)
Shri K S Alagiri Ex MP & Ex MLA (Congress)
Shri A Soundararajan Ex MLA (CPIM)
Ms Bhanu Gomes (Social worker representing civil society)

Anchor:  Shri Hariharan, Thanthi TV

4.30 PM
National Anthem


For more details visit www.sansadratna.in
Email:  sansadratna@gmail.com

Contact person: 
Shri S G Suryah (Mobile & Whatsapp 9894447177)

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