Heroes of 15th Lok Sabha to be honoured at Chennai on 22nd February 2014 at Chennai Press Club

December 23, 2013

Celebrate Democracy - Sansad Ratna 2014 Awards

Sansad Ratna Team is pleased to announce the ‘Sansad Ratna 2014’ Awards for top performing Lok Sabha Members to be presented on Saturday the 22nd February 2014 at Chennai Press Club in the presence of media. (updated on 9th Feb 2014). 

This year’s theme is “CELEBRATE DEMOCRACY”

Shri N Gopalswami, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India has kindly consented to be the Chief Guest and present the Awards. 

Generally, voters do not have proper awareness about the duties of Parliamentarians.  They expect the Parliamentarians to get employment or transfer for their relatives; involve themselves in the local duties like panchayat presidents.  As per the founders of Indian constitution, the Parliament members have to make laws, supervise the government functions, discuss the budget and take up the problems of voters.  All the Parliament members are expected to participate in debates, introduce private members bills, raise questions and to attend the House regularly.   
In the earlier years, the awards were presented to the toppers under (a) debates (b) private members bills and  (c) questions. The purpose of honouring the top performers is to create awareness about the functioning of the Parliament among the people and to encourage the performers to do much better.  
15th Lok Sabha started functioning on 1st June 2009 and the regular business started on 4th June 2009.  Till 18th Dec 2013, this Lok Sabha conducted 15 Sessions with 345 sittings. Though the correct data is yet to be released, it is estimated that nearly 33% of the Lok Sabha was lost due to disruptions and forced adjournments.  

The team has decided to honour all the Lok Sabha Members with a total tally of 1000 and above (Debates +private bills + Questions) during the 5 years period.  As per the data released by PRS India  up to 18th December 2013 covering the entire 15th Lok Sabha, the following 9 Members become eligible for ‘Sansad Ratna 2014’ Awards. 
9 MPs who are getting Sansad Ratna Awards for the overall performance in the 15th Lok Sabha. 
Sansad Ratna Awardees
5 years in a row
Mr Anandrao Adsul, Shiv Sena MP from Maharashtra
(He raised 1216 questions and secures the No 1 position.  Also, his total tally is 1254 in the 15th Lok Sabha and also secures No 1 position for overall category.   His attendance is 75%.  Even in the earlier 14th Lok Sabha, he raised 1255 questions and secured No 1 position.  His total tally in 14th Lok Sabha was 1290 and he secured No 1 position for the overall tally.)
Mr Hansraj G Ahir, BJP MP from Maharashtra
(By introducing 31 Private Members Bills in the 15th Lok Sabha, he maintains the No 1 position from the beginning in this category.   His total tally is 1111 and attendance is 72%)
Mr S S Ramasubbu, Congress MP from Tamil Nadu
(His total tally is 1186 with 97% attendance and secures No 2 position for the overall category.  He continues to maintain No 1 position among Tamil Nadu MPs since the beginning)
3 years in a row
Mr Arjun Ram Meghwal, BJP MP from Rajasthan
(He has participated in 419 debates.  He continues to maintain the No 1 position under the Debate category.  His total tally is 1147 with 99% attendance)
2 years in a row
Mr Gajanan Dharmshi Babar, Shiv Sena MP from Maharashtra
(His total tally is 1150 with 73% attendance.  He secures No 3 position in the overall tally in the 15th Lok Sabha)
MPs included in the current list
Mr Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMIM MP from Andhra Pradesh
(His total tally is 1121 with 70% attendance)
Mr Pradeep Kumar Majhi, Congress MP from Orissa
(His total tally is 1070 with 55% attendance.  Though, he qualifies under youth category also, he is included in the overall category)
Mr Shivaji Adhalrao Patil, Shiv Sena MP from Maharashtra
(His total tally is 1044 with 43% attendance. )
Mr Eknath Mahadeo Gaikwad, Congress MP from Mahrashtra
(His total tally is 1003 with 98% attendance)
Sansad Mahila Ratna Awardees
From 2013, toppers among the Women MPs are also selected for ‘Sansad Mahila Ratna’ Award.  The following 3 MPs have become eligible for the ‘Sansad Mahila Ratna Award 2014’ for their overall performance in the 15th Lok Sabha.  The selection was done based on the total tally of debates, private members bills and questions.  
2 years in a row
Ms Supriya Sule, National Congress MP from Maharashtra
(Her total tally is 771 with 86% attendance)
Ms Ratna Singh, Congress MP from Uttar Pradesh
(Her total tally is 689 with 86% attendance)
Ms Rama Devi, BJP MP from Bihar
(Her total tally is 687 with 88% attendance)
Sansad Yuva Ratna Awardee
In 2013, we introduced Sansad Yuva Ratna Award for the young MPs. This time, it was decided to honour one Lok Sabha MP under the age of 40 for the overall performance based on the total tally.  Mr Pradeep Kumar  Majhi (Congress MP from Orissa) has become eligible under this category.  Since he has scored more than 1000 points, he is included under the Sansad Ratna category.

(Parliament data source PRS India)

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