Recently, in a historic move, Rajya Sabha Chairman reconstituted the panel of vice chairpersons of the Parliament's Upper House with half of them being women.
About Panel of Vice-Chairpersons:
- Under the Rules of Rajya Sabha, the Chairman nominates from amongst the members a panel of vice-chairpersons.
- Any one of them can preside over the House in the absence of the Chairman or the Deputy Chairman.
- He/she has the same powers as the Chairman when so presiding.
- He/she holds office until a new panel of vice-chairpersons is nominated.
- When a member of the panel of vice chairpersons is also not present, any other person as determined by the House acts as the Chairman.
- It must be emphasised here that a member of the panel of vice chairpersons cannot preside over the House, when the office of the Chairman or the Deputy Chairman is vacant.
- During such time, the Chairman’s duties are to be performed by such member of the House as the president may appoint for the purpose.
- The elections are held, as soon as possible, to fill the vacant posts.
Q1) What is Composition of Rajya Sabha?
It consists of a maximum of 250 members, out of which 238 are representatives from the states and union territories of India. These members are indirectly elected by the members of the State Legislative Assemblies using a proportional representation system. The President of India appoints 12 members who have distinguished themselves in various fields such as art, literature, science, and social services.