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Wednesday 28 August 2019

Booklet on Five Initiatives of PreSense Launched

After launching the eDigest PreSense150, Shri K Pandiarajan, Hon’ble Minister launched a 16-page booklet containing information about the five initiatives of PreSense.  The editorial team members and the heads of the five initiatives were present on the stage.
1. Education Loan Task Force (ELTF)  (to create awareness among the students about Education Loan)

2. Sansad Ratna Awards (to honour the outstanding Parliamentarians every year) 

3. Digital Journalists Association of India (DiJAI) (to create awareness about Digital Journalism amongst the students and the working journalists) 

4. Digital Security Association of India (DiSAI) (to create awareness about Digital Security among the public) 

5. Next Gen Political Leaders (NGPL) (to develop young political leaders across all parties and mentor them)

The digital version of this booklet can be downloaded from the following link.


Launch of 150th edition of PreSense and eDigest PreSense150

Launch of 150th edition of eMagazine PreSense and eDigest PreSense150
Launch of 150th edition of eMagazine PreSense and eDigest PreSense150

The landmark of the 150th edition of PreSense was celebrated in an event held at Chennai on August 24th 2019. The Chief Guest, Hon’ble Minister of Tamil Nadu, Shri Ma Foi K.Pandiarajan did the honours of releasing the eDigest, PreSense150 which is a compilation of select articles from the 150 editions of the eMagazine. Shri M.R. Sivaraman IAS (Retired), Former Revenue Secretary to Government of India and Former Executive Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF)  was the Guest of Honour.

The Hon’ble Minister lauded the performance of the eMagazine and reminisced about his association with it during his early days as a corporate CEO. He suggested expanding the reach of the eMagazine as well as publishing the Tamil version of the eMagazine articles. 

Shri Sivaraman in his message spoke about the role and responsibility of the journalists in the changing technology and environment of the media. His message was especially significant since he gave an elaborate presentation about his experience with the media in the earlier days of his career when journalists were “clean, matter-of-fact, polite and well-behaved and responsible” about the truth of the news he reported. In contrast, he found the journalists of the current trend less accountable. 

He gave a detailed and comparative account of the role of the journalists and the media of the yesteryears vis-à-vis those of the current changing environment, and enumerated the key attributes of a good journalist. He concluded by saying, “journalism is an extremely important wing in the governance of the country.” The public must be informed and the media is the source of the information. The media as the fourth estate, is like the fourth leg of a chair which cannot stand on three legs.  

Smt Rehana, Member of City of London Corporation, shared the experience of her journey from a corporate personality to a political figure. She appreciated the Next Gen Political Leaders (NGPL) initiative of PreSense.  Shri Ramasubbu, former Member of Parliament (MP) and five-time Sansad Ratna Awardee also shared his experience and perspective as an MP and Awardee.

The launch was followed by a talk by renowned neurologist, Dr A.V. Srinivasan who spoke about ‘Brain Health’, and a panel discussion on ‘Current Trends in Media’. The expert panellists who participated were Shri T K Rangarajan MP, Shri Rangaraj Pandey, Founder and CEO, Chanakyaa and CEO, Vendhar TV channel, and Smt Banu Gomes, Popular Political Analyst. The discussions were moderated by Prime Point Srinivasan.

The eDigest PreSense150 can be downloaded from the following link.


The video recording of the event can be viewed from the following YouTube links:

Hon'ble Minister Shri Ma Foi K Pandiarajan, launching the eDigest PreSense150

Address by Shri K Pandiarajan, Hon'ble Minister

Welcome address by Prime Point Srinivasan tracing the history of PreSense

Address by Shri M R Sivaraman IAS (Retired), Former Revenue Secretary to Govt. of India and Former Executive Director of IMF. (He talks on the current trends of Media and Journalism)

Address by Ms Rehana Ameer, Member, City of London Corporation - The first Indian to become a Member of London Corporation - She talks about the challenges she faced and how she overpowered them.

Address by Shri S S Ramasubbu, Former MP and five times Sansad Ratna Awardee in 15th Lok Sabha.  He shared his experience on how he was able to perform and win the Best Parliamentarian award.

Address by Dr AV Srinivasan, internationally renowned Neurologist.  He talks about Brain Health.

Panel discussion on "Current Media Trends" (Shri T K Rangarajan MP, Shri Rangaraj Pandey and Smt. Bhanu Gomes)

Photos of the launch event: http://www.tinyurl.com/presense150launch

by Susan Koshy, Editor-in-Chief


Monday 26 August 2019

The Budget Session of the Parliament was held from June 17th 2019 to August 7th 2019. This was the first session of the Parliament after the elections for the 17th Lok Sabha. In the past, the Parliament used to hold a short session for oath-taking after the election of the new Lok
Sabha. This session would be followed by the Budget Session.

In the 17th Lok Sabha, the oath-taking session was combined with the Budget Session. Initially, the session was planned to be held from June 17th2019 to July 26th2019. It was extended to August 7th2019. During the Budget Session, Lok Sabha had sittings for 37 days and Rajya Sabha had sittings for 35 days.

Productivity –
Highest in 20 Years

During this session, Lok Sabha worked for 281 hours which is 135% of the scheduled hours. This is higher than any other session of the Parliament in the past 20 years. On an average, Lok Sabha worked for 81% of its scheduled time in the past 20 years.  Rajya Sabha worked for 195 hours which is 100% of the scheduled hours. On an average,Rajya Sabha has worked for 76% of its scheduled  ime during a session in the past 20 years.

Questions – Highest in 20 Years for Answers

Question Hour functioned for 95% of its scheduled time inLok Sabha and, 65% in Rajya Sabha during this session.During this session, 36% of the questions were answered orally in Lok Sabha by ministers. This is higher than any other session in the past 20 years. 40% of the questions received an oral answer from a minister in Rajya Sabha. This is the second highest among all sessions in the past 20 years.

On an average, 15% of the questions in Lok Sabha and 17% of the questions in Rajya Sabha received were answered orally during a session in the past 20 years.

Business is the Highest in Ten Years

The time spent by Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha during the first session is given in the chart displayed. 

Lok Sabha spent 46% of its time on legislative business.  The corresponding figure for Rajya Sabha is 51%.

38 Bills were introduced in Parliament during the Budget Session (excluding the Finance and Appropriation Bills).  28 Bills out of these were passed during this session.  This is the highest for any session in the last 10 years.

265 first-term MPs (Members of Parliament) have been elected to the 17th Lok Sabha.  The number of women MPs in the 17th Lok Sabha is 78.

94% of the first-term MPs participated in a debate in the Budget Session.  This is significantly higher than the 16th Lok Sabha where 82% of the first-term members participated in a debate in the first session.

Top Performers – Two Women MPs Top the Entire Lok Sabha

The performance of Members is evaluated by their Initiated Debates,
Private Members Bills and Questions.

Ms Supriya Sule (NCP, Maharashtra) participated in 34 Initiated Debates, introduced 4 Private Members Bills and raised 109 Questions, bringing the total tally to 147.  She is a third-time MP.  She had
secured the No 1 position in the 16
th Lok Sabha also.  She is a Sansad Ratna Awardee.

Dr Heena Vijayakumar Gavit (BJP, Maharashtra) participated in 12 Initiated Debates and raised 106 questions with a total
tally of 118.  She is a second-time MP.  She was honoured with Sansad Ratna Awards consecutively for four years during the 15th Lok Sabha.

PreSense congratulates both of them for their excellent performance during the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha.

The 17th Lok Sabha has started with a big bang.  It is hoped that the Members will continue to
maintain this high spirit and guide the nation towards prosperity.

By G Priya Dharshni, Deputy Editor, PreSense
(Data and graphics Source: PRS Legislative Research)

Published in August 2019 issue of eMagazine PreSense


Thursday 1 August 2019

Parameters for Sansad Ratna Awards for 17th Lok Sabha

Sansad Ratna Awards for 17th Lok Sabha - Jury Committee Members - L to R - Shri Shrirang Appa Barne, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal and Shri N K Premachandran

A new Jury Committee has
been constituted for 17th Lok Sabha.

1.Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal,
Hon’ble MOS Parliamentary Affairs – Chairman
2.Shri N K Premachandran MP
(RSP – Kerala) – Member
3.Shri Shrirang Appa Barne
MP (Shiv Sena – Maharashtra) – Member

The Jury Committee
Members themselves were Sansad Ratna Awardees of the 15th and 16th
Lok Sabha.

The newly constituted
Jury Committee for the Sansad Ratna Awards met at Delhi on 4th July 2019  under the Chairmanship of the Parliamentary
Affairs and Heavy Industries Minister, Mr Arjun Ram Meghwal, and finalised the
parameters to select the outstanding performers of the 17th Lok Sabha.


Debates :-

Zero Hour
matter under Rule
of 377
Calling Attention
Private Members
Bills / Private Members Resolution
Written Speeches
laid on the Table of the House.

The number of
Debates in respect of Government Bills, Budget, President’s Address, etc. have
not been taken into account as only the Party nominates the Speaker to
participate in the debate and individual M.P.s has no role in it.

2.      Questions :-
Number of oral
Number of
unstarred questions (written and answers)
3.      Private Members
Bills :-
a.     Number of Private Bills introduced.

For Debates                -
     Paragraph 1 may be taken into account
For Questions              -       Paragraph
2 may be taken into account 
For Private
Members’s Bills - Paragraph 3 may be taken
into account 
For overall  (3 awards)
-      1+2+3
              (General + one
woman + First time MP)          
(Attendance and MPLAD utilization are additional qualifying
Excellence Award :-
Number of Debates
including Government Bills, Budget, President Address, etc. + Questions +  Private Members Bills
( Attendance and
MP Lad funds for additional qualifying parameters).

Jury Committee Special Awards
Every year Jury
Committee will decide on the number of awards.
(For quality of
debates, intervention, etc.)

Rajya Sabha Award
Topper among the retires of previous year (Debates + Questions +
Private Members Bills)

Awards for Standing Committees
Topper for Reports presented and number of meetings held. (Bills

Additional eligibility parameters

4.      Attendance :-
Attendance in the
House (Minimum 70%)
Attendance during
sittings of the Committee (Minimum 60%)
5.      MPLADS Funds :-
a.      Amount
recommended  under MPLADS funds (Minimum
recommendation 75%)

Awards will be presented every year after the Budget Session. Jury Committee decision is final.

Data source : Lok Sabha Secretariat and PRS India.



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