Winter Session: RS Chairman Venkaiah Naidu expresses displeasure over absence of ministers

Naidu cracks the whip.

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Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu today expressed displeasure at ministers not making it to the House in time for laying the papers listed against their names.

The provocation was apparently caused by the absence of ministers like Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Tourism Minister K J Alphons when their names were called by the Chair for laying of listed papers. "I would like to advise the Parliamentary Affairs Minister to see that Ministers who are supposed to lay papers on the Table of the House are in the House on time," Naidu said. If some Ministers have other engagements, they should not list papers against their names, he said. "If they (ministers) have any problem, they should not give their names. It can be done subsequently. Please take note of it and convey it to the ministers," the Chairman said.

Pradhan's name was on the top of the list of ministers who were to lay the papers relating to their ministries in the Upper House today. However, he was not present when his name was called to lay the papers such as copies of rules for payment of subsidies under Aadhaar Act and the annual reports of PSUs under his ministry including Indian Oil Corp, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum.
Tourism Minister Alphons too was absent when his name was called to lay copies of annual reports of institutes under his ministry.

While Alphons came in a few minutes after his name was called, Pradhan was absent even when his name was called the second time to present a statement regarding the status of implementation of recommendations contained in a standing committee report on ethanol blended petrol and bio-diesel policy. When Pradhan finally entered the House, Naidu called him to present the first set of papers, but he was not called to make his statement on a standing committee report relating to his ministry.


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