Congressional parliamentarians in parliamentary panels have better attendance records than their BJP counterparts

NEW DELHI: With a force of only 32 parliamentarians out of the 244 that populate the eight standing committees related to the department run by Rajya Sabha, parliamentarians have a better track record compared to their BJP counterparts, representing 110 of the 224 parliamentarians who They are members of the DRSC.

BJP, with a force of 110 parliamentarians of the 244 members of the DRSC, had a total attendance of 58% compared to 62% of Congress assistance with only 32 parliamentarians. The smaller regional parties, which represent the remaining members, had a cumulative attendance of 40%.

On Monday, the president of Rajya Sabha Venkaiah Naidu He told Rajya Sabha that a total of 95 parliamentarians did not attend a single meeting of the eight permanent parliamentary committees (DRSC) related to the department that reviewed the assignments for 18 ministries after the presentation of the Union Budget 2020-21 on February 1st

Review of the operation of the eight DRSCs managed by the secretariat of Rajya Sabha, which have 244 members (166 Lok sabha and 78 from Rajya Sabha), Naidu said they held 20 meetings during the three-week parliamentary recess.

Rajya Sabha has DRSCs dealing with commerce; health & family welfare, home affairs, HRD, industry, personnel, public grievances and law & justice, S&T and environment, and transport, tourism and culture. There are 16 other DRSCs, in turn, with the Lok sabha .

The highest attendance was recorded in the meetings of the family health and welfare committee (65.51%), while the lowest attendance was in the DRSC dedicated to trade (32.25%). The DRSC at home ranked second with an attendance of 54.8%, while the DRSC in the industry had an assistance of 43.55%.

“In total, the work done by the 24 DRSCs in examining the subsidy demands of all ministries is equivalent to 30 days of Parliament's operation, which is quite significant. This only takes the total sessions of Parliament for one year to more than 100 days ... I would like to assure people and all interested parties that Parliament meets for a sufficient time each year to fulfill its functions, ”said Naidu .

But he expressed disappointment that 95 (78 from Lok sabha and 23 from Rajya Sabha) of the 244 members in the eight DRSCs with the Upper House had “zero attendance” this time as compared to only 28 last time. “The total number of members who skipped two or more successive meetings has increased from 100 last year to 106 now,” he said.

However, the six members of Rajya Sabha, who recorded total assistance, were praised. They are Rakesh Sinha (nominee), Dr. L Hanumanthaiah (Congress), Ravi Prakash Verma (SP), Akhilesh Prasad Singh (Congress), P Wilson (DMK) and Sasmit Patra (BJD).

While the general attendance of parliamentarians of the BJP and the Congress, which represents a total of 142 members, has been well above 50%, the attendance of members of other parties, representing 102, has been only 40%, said Naidu .

“I would like to reiterate my appeal to leaders of all parties, plant leaders and members to ensure better attendance at meetings of parliamentary committees to do justice to the mandate with which they have been conceived. This guarantees a qualitative and quantitative improvement, ”he added.