By Prashant Sood
““The Lok Sabha Speaker is making an effort that by the time session concludes, all the newly-elected members get an opportunity to speak. It will be a record,” said a Lok Sabha official. Between June 19 and July 4, 130 of the 264 newly-elected members have spoken in the House.”
THE first session of the 17th Lok Sabha is set to create a record with all the first-time members likely to raise their issues in the House before conclusion of its sitting later this month. It is among the initiatives of Speaker Om Birla, who is encouraging members to speak in the House and providing the opportunity. In his own unique way, the new Speaker of the new Lok Sabha has been nudging the members to use the House time more effectively to boost productivity and increase their participation in the proceedings. He has been providing opportunity to new members to express their views. “Between June 19 and July 4, 130 of the 264 newly-elected members have spoken in the House. He (the Speaker) is making an effort that by the time session concludes, all the newly-elected members get an opportunity to speak. It will be a record,” said a Lok Sabha official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Jaishankar takes oath as RS member
EXTERNAL Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who was last week elected to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat, on Monday took oath as a member of the Upper House. Former top diplomat Subrahmanyam Jaishankar Krishnaswamy was appointed the Minister of External Affairs after Prime Minister Narendra Modi stormed back to power in May 2019. Jaishankar, who was the Foreign Secretary during Modi Government’s first term in office, got elected to the Upper House from Gujarat last week in by-elections for two vacancies created following the resignation of Home Minister Amit Shah and Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani.