Sansad Ratna Awards 2016 – Guidelines for selection of Awards

April 7, 2016

7th Edition of Sansad Ratna Award function will be held on Saturday the 11th June 2016 at IIT Madras.  To finalise the guidelines for selection, a meeting of the Judges was held at Delhi. 

Sansad Ratna Awards Committee Meeting was held at Delhi on 3rd and 4th March 2016. The following Sansad Maha Ratna Awardees of 15th Lok Sabha and presently the judges for the 16th Lok Sabha were present.

1.  Shri Anandrao Adsul MP (Chairman, Shiv Sena Parliamentary Board)
2. Shri Hansraj G Ahir MP  (Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers) and
3. Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal MP (Chief Whip of BJP)

On behalf of the Sansad Ratna Award Committee the following members were present.

1.  Shri K. Srinivasan
2.  Shri Venugopal Mohan
3.  Shri G A Prithvi
4.  Shri Bhoopathy

Shri Srinivasa Prabhu (Director, Lok Sabha Secretariat) and Shri Kulasekaran (Retd. Director of Lok Sabha Secretariat) were also present.

Shri Anand Rao Adsul, Chairman of the Judges Committee chaired the meeting.

After deliberations, it was decided as follows:

1.  Srinivasan brought to the notice of the judges that a few MPs were resorting to ‘associating’ themselves with the matters raised by some other MPs during Zero Hour by simply giving a signed chit to the Speaker.    This gave additional point to the MPs without doing the original work. Because of this, the data released by PRS India did not give the real picture.   The judges decided that only original works during Zero Hour should be taken into consideration for Awards and all points gained through such ‘association’ be removed.  

2.  From 2016, Award winning MPs will be personally informed through confidential mail about their selection.  Declaration of Award will be done, only when the MPs personally receive the Award in the function.  

3.  Performance of Rajya Sabha MPs may also be considered, if a suitable transparent guideline could be formed. 

4.  There will be four Awards for Lok Sabha Members like last year.  Guidelines are as follows:

There will be 3 categories of Awards viz. General, Women and First Time MPs. 

General category – Sansad Ratna 2016

3 MPs will get Award under this category.

1.  The top performers under the categories (a) Questions (b) Private Members Bills and (c) Debates, based on the data provided by Lok Sabha Secretariat an PRS India at the end of Budget Session subject to the following.  (‘associating’ with the matters during Zero hour will be excluded under Debates category – only original works will be taken into account)

(a) The selected top performer should have scored a minimum of 70% attendance in the House; and
(b) should have scored a minimum of 70% attendance for Committee Meetings; and
(c) should have spent a minimum of 50% MPLad fund.
(d) Should have secured within the Top 10 performers for overall tally.

Women category – Sansad Mahila Ratna  2016

One  MP will get the Award 

One top performer among the women MPs on the basis of cumulative  total tally (Questions + Private Bills + Debates) every year after the second part of Budget Session.  (Subject to the conditions laid in a,b and c above).  If a women top performer ranks in the General / First Time MP  category, the Committee of Judges will take suitable decision, based on the data at that particular time). 

 (‘associating’ with the matters during Zero hour will be excluded under Debates category – only original works will be taken into account) 

First Time MPs – Sansad Navodit Ratna  2016

1 MP will get the Award

3.  One top performer among the First Time MPs on the basis of cumulative  total tally (Questions + Private Bills + Debates) every year after the second part of Budget Session.  (Subject to the conditions laid in a,b and c above).  If a First time MP ranks in the General / Women category, the Committee of Judges will take suitable decision, based on the data at that particular time). 

 (‘associating’ with the matters during Zero hour will be excluded under Debates category – only original works will be taken into account)


(The Committee of Judges will have the right to relax the attendance and MPLad condition, in exceptional cases for genuine reasons, without being quoted as precedent).

For Rajya Sabha – The committee is working out the guidelines.  It will be announced later.

Note:  The data relating to ‘Debates’ category published by PRS India includes the ‘association’ made by the members during Zero hour matters, without raising the matter.   As per the Guidelines for 2016, they are to be removed, to get the original works.  PRS India is working on bifurcation of the data.  Subject to the availability of correct data, Award winners will be selected for 2016.

By K. Srinivasan, President, Sansad Ratna Award Committee


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