New Delhi: Offering 12 tips to the newly elected Members of the Rajya Sabha on Saturday, the Chairman of the Upper House asserted that defying the Chair was tantamount to disrespecting the House.
Addressing the members at a two day orientation programme for the newly elected members of Rajya Sabha , he further said “The opposition has the right to criticize the government. In fact, it is their duty. But the criticism should be informed so that it looks credible. Opposing every move of the government for the sake of record dent’s its credibility. The quality of criticism should really sting the government of the day and catch the eye of the media and the people.”
Urging the members to acquire deep knowledge of the state of the nation to make effective contribution for its transformation, Mr Naidu said; “it is also your duty to ensure and further strengthen the unity and inclusivity of our multi-cultural society by checkmating the attempts to create divisions based on caste, colour, region and religion. Each one of you must emerge as the spokesperson of the aspiring, emergent, capable, resilient and united India.”
He also urged the members to avoid repetitions which even kills the media interest and instead be specific. He suggested to avoid giving notices as a matter of routine like the notices under Rule 267 for suspension of the business of the day, the principal source of disruptions and raising Points of Order even when there was no point to be raised.
The Rajya Sabha Chairman urged the newly elected members to develop in depth knowledge of issues being taken up in the House so as not to be general and vague in their interventions when complex issues with wider implications are discussed.
Expressing concern over the rising ‘negative perception quotient’ among the public about the functioning of legislatures in the country, Mr Naidu urged the members to abide by the elaborate Rules of Procedure and Conventions of the House evolved over the years to enable the smooth functioning of the House.
Noting that becoming a legislator is the most sought after assignment in the public life of the country which was more difficult than entering the IAS, the Chairman Mr Naidu urged the newly elected members to seize the opportunity to contribute to the progress of the nations by molding them as effective Parliamentarians