The functioning of the eight Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committees of Rajya Sabha has improved substantially over that of the previous two years.
Attendance has increased by 15 percent and more than 16 percent improvement in the average duration of meetings since their reconstitution in September, 2019 is noticed.
Appreciating the improved performance, Rajya Sabha Chairman M.Venkaiah Naidu urged the Chairmen and members of the 8 Committees to ensure 50 percent attendance in the meetings of these Committees. Mr. Naidu also asked them to target a minimum duration of two and half hours per meeting given the efforts and costs involved in holding the meetings.
Sources said since September 2017, the 8 Committees of Rajya Sabha have held a total of 355 meetings including 134 in 2017-18, 49 in 2018-19 and 172 since September, 2019. These committees are reconstituted in September every year by the Chairman of Rajya Sabha. Each Committee has 10 members from Rajya Sabha and 21 from Lok Sabha. Attendance of 11 of the 31 members of each committee constitutes the quorum.
The 8 committees of Rajya Sabha have clocked average attendance of close to 50 percent in 172 meetings held since September, 2019 marking 15 percent increase over the average attendance of 42.90 percent for the previous two years.