Sansad Ratna Awardees
Every year at the end of the first part of Budget Session of Lok Sabha, Prime Point Foundation and ezine PreSense honour the top performing MPs based on the cumulative performance of members under 3 categories viz. debates, private members bills and questions.
15th Lok Sabha conducted the business between 3rd June 2009 and 21st Feb 2014. 9 MPs who scored total tally of 1000 points (debates + private members bills + questions) and 3 top performing MPs were selected for ‘Sansd Ratna Awards’. The Awards were presented at Chennai Press Club during the last week of February 2014. Click here for the award function.
MPs who secured No 1 position
In the 15th Lok Sabha Shri Anandrao Adsul (Shiv Sena MP from Maharashtra) secured No 1 position under Questions category by raising 1266 questions. He scored a total point of 1304 and secured No 1 position for overall performance in 15th Lok Sabha. Interestingly, he secured No 1 position for raising questions and overall performance in the 14th Lok Sabha also.
Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir (BJP MP from Maharashtra) has secured No 1 position under ‘Private Members Bills’ category by introducing 31 private bills, out of 372 private members bills introduced in the 15th Lok Sabha. The land acquisition bill passed in the 15th Lok Sabha was first introduced by him both in 14th and 15th Lok Sabha as private members bills only. Then UPA Government accepted his concept and formally introduced the land acquisition bill as an official bill later. He is the whistle blower of coal scam, which is rocking the nation.
Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal (BJP MP from Rajasthan), an IAS officer turned MP secured No 1 position under debates category, by participating in 430 debates. Though official figures of past Lok Sabha performance could not be traced, in our view, his performance should be the top most in the last 64 years.
Interestingly, all the above three MPs have been consistently maintaining their lead records right from the first year.
Sansad Ratna Hall of Fame
Sansad Ratna Committee has decided to induct the above three MPs (Shri Anandrao Adsul, Shri Hansraj Ahir, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal) into ‘Sansad Ratna Hall of Fame’, because of their achieving No 1 position in the 15th Lok Sabha under three categories.
After induction into the Hall of Fame, they become permanent members of Sansad Ratna elite group. They will guide the Sansad Ratna Committee for framing the future Award guidelines and also in the selection process. They will also mentor other fresh MPs to perform effectively in the Lok Sabha.
Prime Point Foundation plans to organise a grand function at IIT, Chennai during the middle of October 2014 by inviting eminent personalities to induct the three MPs into the Hall of Fame.
Civil society is highly proud of these 3 top performing MPs. The civil society hopes with their mentorship, our 16th Lok Sabha will have more of Sansad Ratnas.
By K. Srinivasan