The Rajya Sabha's productivity in the first week of this session was 27%, and it further declined to 17% in the second week.
Unlike the other 12 sittings of the current monsoon session, the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday ran smoothly during the whole sitting. But when Sports Minister Anurag Thakur was responding to the lengthy debate on the National Anti-Doping Bill, the Congress members staged a walkout, voicing a concern unrelated to the matter that was being discussed. According to officials, 17 members of Zero Hour raised problems of public relevance for the first time.
During his meeting with senior officials on Wednesday after the Zero Hour, Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu could not hide his joy over the restoration of normalcy in the House. He compared it to a cool, refreshing breeze. Naidu had earlier stated in the House that since Zero Hour could not be pursued thus far, the members had missed the chance to bring up more than 180 matters of public significance.
M. Venkaiah Naidu, the chairman of the Rajya Sabha, was unable to contain his happiness when he met with senior officials on Wednesday following the Zero Hour. He likened it to chilly, energizing air. In the past, Naidu had complained in the House that because Zero Hour could not be pursued up to this point, the members had wasted the opportunity to discuss more than 180 issues of public importance.
The Rajya Sabha's productivity in the first week of this session was 27%, and it further declined to 17% in the second, according to the secretariat of the Rajya Sabha. The House also made seven special mentions. According to the officials, this is just the third time that 13 sittings of this session have qualified for special mention.