New Delhi , February 17 : The functioning of the eight Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committees (DRSCs) of Rajya Sabha has improved substantially with a 15 per cent increase in attendance and more than 16 per cent improvement in the average duration of meetings since their reconstitution in September 2019, sources told ANI on Wednesday.
"Appreciating the improved performance, Rajay Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu had urged the Chairmen and members of the eight committees to endeavour 50 per cent attendance in the meetings of these committees besides targeting a minimum duration of two and half hours per each meeting given the efforts and costs involved in holding the meetings," the sources said. Naidu wrote detailed letters on February 12 in this regard to chairmen of all eight committees sending therewith outcomes of the analysis of the functioning of these committees in September 2017. A detailed appraisal of the working of each of the eight committees was given in the letters of Chairman. Naidu had assumed the office of Chairman of Rajya Sabha in August 2017.
Notably, since September 2017, the eight Committees of Rajya Sabha have held a total of 355 meetings including 134 in 2017-18, 49 in 2018-19, and 172 since September 2019.