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3)The rules governing the functioning of the Rajya Sabha have not kept pace with the times and requires reform. Examine (250 words)

Topic Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges

3)The rules governing the functioning of the Rajya Sabha have not kept pace with the times and requires reform. Examine (250 words)

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Why this question

The rules governing the functioning of the Rajya Sabha have not kept pace with the times. Earlier this month, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu appointed a two-member committee to make recommendations for revising the rules of the Upper House. This makes a discussion to understand the requirement of reforms in rules of Rajya Sabha and the kind of reforms required, imperative.

Key demand of the question

The questik expects us to challenge the assertion whether the rule of Rajya Sabha have become anachronistic. This would require an analysis into the performance of Rajya sabha and where all the rules are creating bottlenecks. We would have to provide way forward as well.

Directive word

Examine – When you are asked to examine, you have to probe deeper into the topic,  get into details, and find out the causes or implications if any

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Talk about some of the recent controversy in Rajya Sabha which has necessitated a relook into the rules of the rajya sabha

Body

  • Briefly explain the origin of Rajya Sabha rules.
  • Briefly explain that nature of governance and legislation has changed significantly which means that the legislators can not keep on functioning in business as usual attitude
  • Examine whether the rules have not kept pace with times and merit reform – talk about the performance of Rajya sabha as an institution, efficiency etc
  • Suggest some of the changes required in the rules

Conclusion – Present your view on the assertion made in the question and present a way forward.