House disruption benefitting Executive, warns Ansari

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New Delhi, Jul 26 (UNI) Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari today said disruption of Parliamentary proceedings especially the Question Hour, had resulted in the Executive becoming the "greatest beneficiary".

Delivering the inaugural address, Mr Ansari urged members to exercise their right to scrutinise the activities of the Executive by making use of all the tools available to raise issues in the House.

He was addressing newly elected and nominated members, who were attending a two-day orientation programme organised by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat which began here today.

The programme, which aims at familiarising the new members with different aspects of the functioning of Parliament, was inaugurated by the Vice President, who is Chairman of the House.

Mr Ansari welcomed the members to freely approach the Chair, as knowledge of the members' viewpoints made the Chair better equipped to address the proceedings.

Later, he inaugurated an exhibition of different aspects of the role and functioning of the Upper House and its emergence as a second chamber, which has made a significant contribution to Indian polity over the years.

House Deputy Chairman K Rehman Khan welcomed the members and asked them to come well prepared to the House for purposeful discussion saying that the proceedings were being closely watched by international media.

Lectures and presentations were made by legal luminary Ram Jethmalani, former MP P Shiv Shanker, Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad, MP, and Mr V Krishna Chandra S Deo, present Chairman of the Committee of Privileges of Lok Sabha.

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