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Tuesday 12 December 2023

Four Lok Sabha MPs and three Parliamentary Standing Committees nominated for the ‘Sansad Maha Ratna Awards’ based on their consistency of performance in the 17th Lok Sabha

Four Lok Sabha MPs and three Parliamentary Standing Committees nominated for the  ‘Sansad Maha Ratna Awards’ based on their consistency of performance in the 17th Lok Sabha

 Press Release

Four Lok Sabha MPs and three Parliamentary Standing Committees nominated for the  ‘Sansad Maha Ratna Awards’ based on their consistency of performance in the 17th Lok Sabha

Chennai, December 12, 2023:  The prestigious Sansad Maha Ratna Awards (presented once in five years) have been announced for the 17th Lok Sabha, to honour four distinguished Parliamentarians and three Standing Committees of Parliament in recognition of their consistent and exemplary performances.

‘Sansad Maha Ratna Award,’ presented once in five years by the Chennai-based NGO Prime Point Foundation and the eMagazine PreSense, acknowledges outstanding performances in the Parliament. Prime Point Srinivasan, the Founder and Chairman of Prime Point Foundation, said these awards are based on comprehensive performance, with nominees selected by a distinguished Jury Committee chaired by Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, and T. S. Krishnamurthy, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India. The performance data was sourced from the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha websites, as well as from the PRS Legislative Research.

The  Sansad Ratna Awards Committee, led by Priyadharshni Rahul, Trustee Secretary of Prime Point Foundation and the Chairman of Sansad Ratna Awards Committee, announced the recipients for the Sansad Maha Ratna Awards for the entire 17th Lok Sabha. These include NK Premachandran (RSP, Kerala), Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury (Indian National Congress, West Bengal), Bidyut Baran Mahato (BJP, Jharkhand), and Dr. Heena Vijayakumar Gavit (BJP, Maharashtra). According to the awards committee, these four parliamentarians have demonstrated unwavering consistency in debates, private members' bills, and questions since the inception of the 17th Lok Sabha.

Sansad Maha Ratna Awards were not previously conferred upon Parliamentary committees.  But starting from the current 17th Lok Sabha, three Standing Committees have been included in the Sansad Maha Ratna Awards. The Agriculture Committee chaired by P C Gaddi Gowdar (BJP, Karnataka), the Finance Committee chaired by Jayant Sinha (BJP, Jharkhand), and the Transport and Tourism  Committee presently chaired by Vijayasai Reddy (YSR Congress, Andhra Pradesh) and formerly chaired by T G Venkatesh (BJP, Andhra Pradesh)  have been nominated for their consistent contributions based on sittings and the reports presented by them, relying on the data commensurate with the term of 17th Lok Sabha.

“Recognising the continued consistent top performance of Supriya Sule (NCP, Maharashtra), Shrirang Appa Barne (Shiv Sena, Maharashtra), and Bhartruhari Mahtab (BJD, Odisha), the Sansad Maha Ratna Awardees of the previous 16th Lok Sabha, the Jury  Committee has decided to honour them for their 'Exemplary Performance' in the 17th Lok Sabha as well”, said Priyadharshni Rahul.

The prestigious awards are scheduled to be presented at a grand ceremony on February 17, 2024, in Delhi, marking the 14th edition of the event. Prime Point Foundation instituted these honours at the instance of Dr. Abdul Kalam, former President of India, who inaugurated the first award event in 2010 in Chennai. 

Sansad Ratna Awards are presented annually to the top performing Parliamentarians based on their performance, while Sansad Maha Ratna awards are presented once in five years for the consistency of performance during the term of the Lok Sabha. Till March 2023, 106 Sansad Ratna Awards have been presented through 13 award ceremonies making it the only award presented by any civil society at a global level to the best-performing Parliamentarians.

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Wednesday 5 April 2023

Prime Point Foundation presents Sansad Ratna Awards 2023 during the 13th Edition of Award function at Delhi and crosses the 100th Award mark

 

Prime Point Foundation' presents Sansad Ratna Awards 2023 during the  13th Edition and crosses 100th Award mark

13th Edition of Sansad Ratna Awards 2023 was held at New Maharashtra Sadan, Delhi on Saturday, 25th March 2023. 

Shri Bandaru Dattatreya (Hon'ble Governor of Haryana) and Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal (Hon'ble MoS, Parliamentary Affairs) were the Chief Guests.

8 Lok Sabha Members, 5 Rajya Sabha Members and 2 Departmentally Related Standing Committees were honoured with Sansad Ratna Awards.  One Veteran leader was honoured with 'Dr APJ Abdul kalam Lifetime Achievement Award'. 

March 2023 (193rd( edition of our eMagazine PreSense covers the 13th Edition of Sansad Ratna Awards 2023.  During this event, we have crossed the 100th Award mark.  With this, Sansad Ratna Award moves from the first Phase to the Second Phase.  

This edition may be downloaded from the link

https://www.prpoint.com/ezine/presense0323.pdf

The full proceedings of the event may be watched from this link.

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Friday 31 March 2023

Three eBooks launched during 13th Edition of Sansad Ratna Awards 2023 event

 

Three eBooks launched during 13th Edition of Sansad Ratna Awards 2023 event
Hon'ble Governor of Haryana Shri Badaru Dattatreya released the following eBooks on 25th March 2023 at New Maharashtra Sadan Delhi during the 13th edition of Sansad Ratna Awards 2023.  

Three eBooks launched by Prime Point Foundation during the Sansad Ratna Award function 2023

The three eBooks can be downloaded from the following links:

1.  Parliamentary Speeches of Dr Heena Vijayakumar Gavit, Hon'ble Member of Parliament during the 16th Lok Sabha. Download

2.  Digest of Editorials published in the eMagazine PreSense during the year 2022.  Download

3.  Digest of Cover Stories published in the eMagazine PreSense during the year 2022.  Download

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Wednesday 22 February 2023

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Sansad Ratna Awardees 2023

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Sansad Ratna Awardees 2023

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Monday 20 February 2023

13th Edition of Sansad Ratna Awards 2023 - Awardees List - Press Releaase by Prime Point Foundation

13th Edition of Sansad Ratna Awards 2023 - Awardees List - Press Releaase by Prime Point Foundation

Press Release

The Sansad Ratna Awardees for 2023

13 MPs, Two Parliamentary Committees and One Veteran to be  Honoured

New Delhi, 20th  Feb 2023: The Jury Committee  of eminent Parliamentarians and civil society, chaired by Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal (Hon’ble MoS, Parliamentary Affairs) and           Co-Chaired by Shri  T S Krishnamurthy (Former Chief Election Commissioner of India) has nominated  eight  MPs from Lok Sabha and five from Rajya Sabha   for the  Sansad Ratna Awards 2023. In addition, two Departmentally Related  Standing Committees (DRSC)  and a veteran  and distinguished leader has also been nominated  under the special awards category. 

Lok Sabha

The Jury Committee has nominated (1) Shri Bidyut Baran Mahato (BJP, Jharkhand), (2) Dr.  Sukanta Majumdar (BJP, West Bengal), (3) Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma (INC, Andaman Nicobar Islands), (4) Dr Heena Vijayakumar Gavit (BJP, Maharashtra), (5)  Shri Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury (INC, West Bengal), (6) Shri Gopal Chinayya Shetty (BJP, Maharashtra), (7)  Shri Sudhir Gupta (BJP, Madhya Pradesh) ,  and (8) Dr.  Amol Ramsing Kolhe (NCP, Maharashtra) for ‘Sansad Ratna Awards 2023’ for their performance in the 17th Lok Sabha  under various categories.  

These nominations  are based on the cumulative  performance in Questions, private members bills and initiated debates  of the members from the beginning of 17th Lok Sabha until the end of  Winter Session 2022 .  The performance data of the members has been sourced from data provided by PRS India, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Secretariat.

Rajya Sabha

Dr.  John Brittas (CPI-M, Kerala), Dr.  Manoj Kumar Jha (RJD, Bihar), Smt. Fauzia Tahseen Ahmed Khan (NCP, Maharashtra) have been nominated for their performances in Rajya Sabha in 2022 under the ‘Sitting Members’ category.  Shri Vishambhar Prasad Nishad (Samajwadi Party, UP) and Smt. Chhaya Verma (INC, Chhattisgarh) have been  nominated for the Award under the ‘Rajya Sabha Members Retired in 2022’ category for their  outstanding performance during their full term in Rajya Sabha.  

Standing Committees

The Departmentally Related Standing Committees (DRSC) in Parliament have been performing exceedingly well and silently contributing their lot to parliamentary democracy. The Prime Point Foundation and eMagazine PreSense are honouring the Standing committees since the last six years, based on the subjects selected, sittings and reports presented.   The Jury Committee has selected this time one Lok Sabha Committee and one Rajya Sabha Committee for the Award. 
 
The Finance Committee (Lok Sabha Committee - Chairman – Shri Jayant Sinha, BJP, Jharkhand) and Transport, Tourism and Culture Committee (Rajya Sabha Committee - Chairman – Shri V. Vijayasai Reddy, YSR Congress, Andhra Pradesh) are nominated for Awards for their outstanding cumulative performance from the beginning of the 17th Lok Sabha until the end of Winter Session of  2022.
  
Lifetime Achievement Award

In 2022, the Prime Point Foundation and PreSense introduced a new category “Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Lifetime Achievement Award” to honour veteran leaders for their contribution to Indian politics, the society and the people. The Jury Committee has nominated Shri T K Rangarajan, (Former Rajya Sabha MP for two terms  and a Senior CPIM Leader) for the Award. 

All the above Awards will be presented on 25th March 2023 at New Delhi.  These Awards are being presented on behalf of the Civil Society.

About Sansad Ratna Award

The Sansad Ratna Awards were instituted at the suggestion of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam to honour top performing Parliamentarians.  He himself launched the first  edition of the  Award function in 2010 at Chennai.  Till now, 90 top performing Parliamentarians have been honoured  and all of them  have received the awards in person.  The 13th Edition of the award function will be held on Saturday, 25th March 2023 at New Delhi. The 13th Edition will be making history as it crosses the century of awards mark. Mr. K. Srinivasan is the Founder Chairman and Ms. Priyadharshni Rahul is the President of the Sansad Ratna Awards Committee. 

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Note to Editors: For further details, please contact: K. Srinivasan (Founder and Chairman, Prime Point Foundation and Sansad Ratna Awards Committee – +91 91766 50273 @ Chennai) or 
Priyadarshini Rahul (Advocate Supreme Court, Trustee Secretary, Prime Point Foundation and President, Sansad Ratna Awards Committee  - +91 99712 48869 @ Delhi)

The  complete list of awardees, including the Awards category and the list6 of Jury Committee Members is annexed. 


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Monday 12 December 2022

Kambar Medu, the Birthplace of Kavi chakrvarthy Kamban at Therazhandur under the protection of ASI remains as a open public toilet – A Himalayan disrespect to the greatest Tamil poet

Kambar Medu, the Birthplace of Kavi chakrvarthy Kamban at Therazhandur under the protection of ASI remains as a open public toilet – A Himalayan disrespect to the greatest Tamil poet

 11 Dec 2022

 Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal ji

Hon’ble MOS for Parliamentary Affairs and Culture

Government of India

New Delhi

 

Dear Sir

 Kambar Medu, the Birthplace of Kavi chakrvarthy Kamban at Therazhandur under the protection of ASI remains as a open public toilet – A Himalayan disrespect to the greatest Tamil poet

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This has reference to the telephonic conversation, I had with you on 10th December 2022 evening about the current position of “Kambar Medu”, the birth place of Kavi Chakravarthy Kamban at Therazhandur in Tamil Nadu.  Therazhandur is my native village too.   Hence I am taking personal interest.

Kavi Chakravarthy Kamban has written “Kamba Ramayana”, based on Valmiki Ramayana 1200 years ago  in 12000 Tamil hymns.  He is being celebrated by the Tamil Scholars and Asthikas as “Kavi Chakravarthy”.  Even our Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi used to quote from the verses of Kamban in his speeches. 

This place ‘Kambar Medu’, is in the possession of ASI.  Unfortunately, this great holy place is not being maintained by the ASI properly.  Though the entire area is fenced, due to lack of maintenance and care, one will find lot of bush in the area. 

Due to the slums around this monumental place, this place is being used as a public toilet. (Though it is fenced, one gate is left open).  On one side, Hon’ble PM celebrates the glory of Tamil literature and language at Varanasi as ‘Kasi Sangamam’.  On the other side, ASI shames the birth place of the Kavi Chakravarthy by improper maintenance allowing it as public toilet.  

A few decades back, one great Tamil scholar Shri U. Ve. Swaminatha Iyer, who compiled lot of Tamil literature from the palm leaves, visited the Kambar Medu.  He crawled the place, to avoid his feet being placed on the holy place.   I am quoting this as a sample to indicate how the scholars value this spot.

As requested by me last evening, I will be grateful if you plan a visit to the Kambar Medu during January 2023, after the Parliament Session and guide the officials as to how we can improve the situation.

I attach herewith a few photos of Kambar Medu (photographed today) to give you the realistic picture.  I also attach herewith the photos of Kali temple and Ganapathy temple worshipped by Kavi chakrvarthy Kamban. 

 Mr Janakiraman, Secretary of Kamban Kazhagam (70 year old body) is at the village and he will help your ASI officials locally.  His contact number is 9443853650.

I am at Chennai and I can be contacted for any coordination any time.  My mobile and WhatsApp number is 9176650273.

 Looking forward to your immediate action.

Yours faithfully,

K. Srinivasan

 

 

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Monday 28 November 2022

Constitution Day 2022 + Launch of eBook containing the Parliamentary speeches of Supriya Sule

 Prime Point Foundation celebration of Constitution Day 2022 - Launch of ebook containing the Parliamentary speeches of Supriya Sule - by Dr M Veerappa Moily

Prime Point Foundation and Sansad Ratna Awards Committee organised Constitution Day celebration through Zoom on 25th November 2022.  

Dr. M. Veerappa Moily, Former Chief Minister of Karnataka and former Union Minister was the Chief Guest.  Shri T S Krishnamurthy, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India  presided over the event.

During the event, an eBook containing the Parliamentary speeches of Smt. Supriya Sule, MP, in 16th Lok Sabha was released by Dr. M. Veerappa Moily.  

Prime Point Srinivasan gave the welcome address.  Priyadharshni Rahul anchored the event.

The eBook can be downloaded from the link http://www.prpoint.com/publication/supriyasule16.pdf

Photos can be downloaded from the link

The event can be watched through this link 

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Prime Point Foundation is a non-profit Trust incepted in December 1999, to create Communication awareness among all the people.

K Srinivasan (Communication Strategist ) is the Founder and Chairman the Trust.
  • The Foundation offers Training, workshop on all Communication related subjects, including Image (Perception)  Audit.
  • The Foundation publishes a monthly eMagazine PreSense since March 2006.
  • The eMagazine PreSense has five initiatives. viz (1) Education Loan Task Force (ELTF), (2) Sansad Ratna Awards, (3) Next Gen Political Leaders (NGPL), (4) Digital Security Association of India (DiSAI) and (5) Digital Journalists Association of India (DiJAI).
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