Rajya Sabha Chairman Laments Frequent Disruptions

Hamid Ansari

The 237th session of Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die today with Vice President Hamid Ansari lamenting the frequent disruptions which made the House loss over 47 hours. An upset Chairman said that the record of the session belied the commitment to the principles of the Constitution in good measures.

Dr. Ansari said the House seemed singularly unproductive last week, while ending the winter session. He requested the members to introspect on this state of affairs and not to indulge in practices that would demean the stature of Rajya Sabha.

The Chairman said, a functioning legislature is an essential concomitant of the principles and ideas of the Constitution and disruptions amount to their negation. The record of this session belies this commitment in good measure. The interruptions in the functioning of the House sought to be “justified by specious logic by different sections of the House at different times to suit their tactics of the moment.

“Interruptions denied members the opportunity to seek accountability of the executive through questions, ‘Zero Hour’ issues, discussions and debates on issues of public interest and concern. The disruptions also reduced or eliminated opportunity to scrutinize legislative proposals”, he added.

This year’s winter session witnessed the passing of just nine bills in 20 sittings, including the Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill and the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill.