Our bond with the people we serve is a bond that endures and it continues: Vice President addresses retiring members of Rajya Sabha

New Delhi
March 28, 2018

Rajya Sabha exemplifies the principle of change and continuity in our polity

The Vice President of India and the Chairman, Rajya Sabha, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that our bond with the people we serve is a bond that endures and it continues and only gets strengthened with each passing year. He further said that the principle of continuity is the hallmark of Rajya Sabha and we take pride in the strength of this fine blend of continuity with change. He was addressing the retiring members of Rajya Sabha, in Parliament today.

Saying Rajya Sabha exemplifies the principle of change and continuity in our polity, the Vice President appealed all political parties to give adequate representation to women in legislatures adding that participation of women Members in the proceedings of Rajya Sabha has been very significant. It is a matter of concern that despite the stellar contributions made by many women members, they still constitute only 11.7 per cent of the total membership of the House, he added.

The Vice President expressed his anguish on the way Rajya Sabha has been functioning for the past few days and said that disruptions have unfortunately become a part of political tactic and the House has often become the theatre of protest politics.

The Vice President asked retiring members to view it as an opportunity to promote the welfare of the people and not as a retirement from public life. There is no retirement to the politicians once they enter public life, he added.

On the occasion, the Vice President appreciated Prof. Kurien for his valuable guidance and cooperation. His professional advice has helped me immensely in discharging my duties and responsibilities, the Vice President said adding contributions made by each member always enriched and enlivened the debates in the House.

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