As the Monsoon Session of Parliament commenced on Thursday, Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar made a significant move by reconstituting the panel of Vice-Chairpersons with 50% women MPs. This decision marks a historic step towards gender representation in parliamentary leadership.
First-Time Women Parliamentarians Nominated
All four women Parliamentarians nominated to the Vice-Chairpersons’ panel are first-time members, indicating a fresh wave of female representation in the upper house of Parliament. The newly appointed Vice-Chairpersons are Rajya Sabha members P T Usha, S Phangnon Konyak, Fauzia Khan, Sulata Deo, V Vijaysai Reddy, Ghanshyam Tiwari, L Hanumanthaiah, and Sukhendu Sekhar Ray.
Opposition Uproar and Rule 267 Suspension
Earlier in the day, Rajya Sabha proceedings were adjourned till 2 PM due to Opposition members’ uproar. They demanded a discussion on the Manipur violence issue under Rule 267, which pertains to the suspension of rules in the Rajya Sabha. Leader of the House Piyush Goyal expressed the government’s willingness to have the discussion, but the Opposition insisted on suspending all other business in favor of the Manipur issue discussion.
A Step Towards Gender Parity in Parliamentary Leadership
The reconstitution of the Vice-Chairpersons’ panel with 50% women MPs marks a significant milestone in parliamentary history, promoting gender equality and inclusivity in legislative leadership. This move reflects the commitment towards empowering women’s voices and representation in decision-making processes.
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