Rajya Sabha to have `time clock` to ensure max business
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 02, 2010, 15:20
New Delhi: A "time clock" will be put into operation for the first time in the Rajya Sabha from tomorrow to ensure maximum business in the minimum possible time.

The electronic board is the latest innovative practice being adopted by the Upper House for better time management, Rajya Sabha Secretary General V K Agnihotri said.

The new device would be operational when the House takes up discussion on the Motion of Thanks on the President's Address to the joint sitting tomorrow, he said.

It would show names of the members participating in the debate and discussion of Bills, their party affiliation, division numbers and also the time taken by them.

The display board would indicate the total time allotted to different parties including members coming under 'nominated' and 'others' categories, and time taken by different speakers whose names have been sponsored by their parties or who are participating in that debate.

"The display board will indicate the time consumed by members individually as also by their political parties in case of Short Duration Discussion and discussion on Bills," Agnihotri said.

As regards Calling Attention and discussion on Private Members' Bills, the time consumed by the participating members would be indicated individually on the display board.

The innovative ideas have been thought of by Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari whose endeavour to restrict within three minutes the submissions during Zero Hour has been effective and widely welcomed.

Ansari had last year streamlined proceedings during Zero Hour by restricting members to raise their mentions only for three minutes after which the microphone will go off automatically.

In order to put Question Hour to maximum use, the Rajya Sabha Rules Committee had recently amended the rules under which even if the mover of the question was absent, it would be taken up.

Under this initiative, if the main questioner is absent, the Chair will allow three other members to put supplementaries during Question Hour, considered an important avenue to get the government's response on various issues.


First Published: Tuesday, March 02, 2010, 15:20

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