(L to R: K Srinivasan, P P Chaudhary, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Dr Justice AR Lakshmanan, Anandrao Adsul, Shrirang Appa Barne, Dr Bhaskar Ramamurthy and Dr Sudarshan Padmanabhan)
IIT Madras, Prime Point Foundation and EMagazine PreSense organised National Seminar on Politics, Democracy and Governance (4th Edition) at IIT Madras on 11th July 2015. During this event, Dr Justice A R Lakshmanan (Former Judge of Supreme Court of India and Chairman of Law Commission of India) presented Sansad Maha Ratna Awards and Sansad Ratna Awards.
The following 3 Parliamentarians received Sansad Maha Ratna Award for their ‘consistent’ performance during the 15th Lok Sabha in their respective category.
Shri Anandrao Adsul – 5th Time Shiv Sena MP from Amravati, Maharashtra. He was the Minister of State for Banking and Insurance during Prime Minister Vajpayee’s regime. He ranked No 1 for ‘Raising Questions’ and for ‘Total Tally’ in both the 14th Lok Sabha and the 15th Lok Sabha. During 15th Lok Sabha, he raised 1266 Questions with a Total Tally of 1304. He attended 74% of the sittings in the 15th Lok Sabha.
Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir – 4th time BJP MP from Chandrapur, Maharashtra. He is now the Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers. He ranked No 1 for introducing ‘Private Members Bills’. He introduced 31 Private Members Bills and secured a Total Tally of 1150 in the 15th Lok Sabha. He attended 72% of the sittings in the 15th Lok Sabha. He is also the whistle blower for the Coal Scam.
Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal – 2nd time BJP MP from Bikanir, Rajasthan. An IAS officer turned Member of Parliament, Shri Meghwal is now the Chief Whip for BJP in the Lok Sabha. He ranked No 1 for ‘Participation in Debates’ in the 15th Lok Sabha. He participated in 430 Debates with a Total Tally of 1199. He attended 99% of the sittings in the 15th Lok Sabha.
The following two MPs received Sansad Ratna Awards for 16th Lok Sabha.
Shri Shrirang Appa Barne – 1st time Shiv Sena MP from Maval, Maharashtra. He ranks No 1 for ‘Raising Questions’ during the first year of the 16th Lok Sabha till the end of Budget Session 2015. He raised 314 Questions with Total Tally of 355. He attended 87% of the sittings. He ranks No 2 for Total Tally in the entire Lok Sabha.
Shri P P Chaudhary – 1st time BJP MP from Pali, Rajasthan. He ranks No 1 for ‘Participation in Debates’, ranks No 1 in Total Tally in the entire Lok Sabha, and No 1 among the ‘First time MPs’, for the first year of the 16th Lok Sabha till the end of Budget Session 2015. He participated in 176 Debates with Total Tally of 384. He attended 100% of the sittings of the 16th Lok Sabha till the end of Budget Session. He receives two awards – the first for ‘Participation in Debates’ and the second for ‘Overall Tally among the first time MPs’.
During the first session of this National Seminar, Shri Srinivasa Prabhu, Director of Lok Sabha Secretariat gave a presentation on the ‘Indian Parliamentary System’ and explained the functions of the Parliament.
In the afternoon session, 8 eminent experts viz. Dr Bhaskar Ramamurthy (Director of IITM), Shri T Theethan (Former Director General Audit of Indian Railway Board), Shri V Ponraj (Scientific Advisor to Dr Abdul Kalam), Dr Mariazeena Jhonson (Mg. Director of Sathyabama University), Dr Anbumani Ramadoss MP (Former Union Health Minister), Shri T K Rangarajan MP, Shri P P Chaudhary MP and Shri Mafoi Pandia Rajan MLA spoke on Technology, Railways, Energy, Education, Health, Agriculture, Judicial Reforms and Human Resources respectively. They talked under the theme ‘Towards India 2020’.
At the end of the event, all the team members of organising committee were introduced to the audience.
We will separately upload some of the important speeches for the benefit of readers.
Complete set of photos (1200 plus) may be seen and downloaded from here.