Marked enchancment in RS panels’ functioning

New Delhi, November 2

The eight department-related Parliamentary Standing Committees (DRSCs) of the Rajya Sabha have reported a marked improvement in their functioning during 2019-20, clocking the best performance in the past three years, officials said on Monday.

According to them, each meeting of these panels lasted for an average of two hours and 10 minutes 2019-20, thus crossing the two-hour mark for the first time and this also marked an improvement of 55 per cent over that of 2018-19 and a 25 per cent increase over the average of the previous two years.

The average duration has been one hour and 51 minutes during 2017-18 and one hour and 25 minutes during 2018-19.

The average attendance at 117 meetings of these eight committees comes to 49.20 per cent during 2019-20, again the best in the past three years. The average attendance crossed the halfway mark with 50.73 percent for the first time during the first half of 2019-20, the officials said.

“It however, came down to 41.15 percent at the meetings held in the second half during the pandemic period, marking a decline of over 9.50 per cent. But the committees met for an average duration of 2 hours 23 minutes during the pandemic,” an official said.

The Rajya Sabha secretariat has analysed the functioning of the committees of the Rajya Sabha during the past three years on the directions of Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu. The number of meetings held without the required quorum has declined to 10 per cent this year, the lowest in the past three years. — TNS

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