Chennai: Eight sitting Lok Sabha members and two Rajya Sabha members, including Cuttack MP Bhartruhari Mahtab, will be presented the Sansad Ratna Awards 2020 under various categories, based on their performance during the first year of the 17th Lok Sabha, said Prime Point Foundation on Wednesday.
Mahtab, a senior leader of the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha, is a six-time MP and contested successfully from Cuttack Parliamentary Constituency in 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014, and 2019.
Apart from individual parliamentarians, the departmentally related Standing Committee on Agriculture headed by P.C. Gaddigoudar (BJP MP from Bagalkot, Karnataka) has been chosen for the Sansad Ratna Awards 2020 for their performance in the 17th Lok Sabha.
The Prime Point Foundation has been awarding top performing Members of Parliament (MP) in the Lok Sabha with the Sansad Ratna award since 2010 following the suggestion of former President late A. P. J.Abdul Kalam.
The first edition of the award was launched by Kalam in May 2010, the Prime Point Foundation said in a statement issued here.
According to the statement, Supriya Sule (NCP MP from Baramati, Maharashtra) gets the Sansad Ratna Award 2020 for her overall performance in initiating debates, the number of questions asked and the Private Members Bills in the first year of the 17th Lok Sabha.
Subhash Ramrao Bhamre (BJP MP from Dhule, Maharashtra), Heena Gavit (BJP, Nandurbar, Maharashtra) and Amol Ramsing Kolhe, (NCP, Shirur, Maharashtra) will be receiving the Sansad Ratna Award 2020 for Questions, Women and First-time MPs categories respectively.
Shashi Tharoor (Congress, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala), Nishikant Dubey (BJP, Godda, Jharkhand), Ajay Misra (BJP, Kheri, Uttar Pradesh) and Ram Mohan Naidu (TDP, Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh) have been nominated for the ‘Jury Committee Special Award’ for their overall qualitative performance and individual efforts, the statement said.
The Members of the Rajya Sabha who have been nominated for the award based on their overall performance during the first year, coinciding with the Lok Sabha are Vishambhar Prasad Nishad (Samajwadi Party, Uttar Pradesh) and Chhaya Verma (Congress, Chhattisgarh).
This category of honouring the sitting MPs of the Rajya Sabha has been introduced this year.
According to the Prime Point Foundation, Bhartruhari Mahtab (BJD, Cuttack, Odisha), Supriya Sule (NCP, Baramati, Maharashtra) and Shrirang Appa Barne (Shiv Sena, Maval, Maharashtra) will be receiving the coveted ‘Sansad Maha Ratna Award’ for their sustained qualitative performance in the 16th Lok Sabha. This award is presented once in five years.
The awardees were selected by a three-member Jury Committee chaired by Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs.
The other two members are parliamentarians N. K. Premachandran and Shrirang Appa Barne.
All the three Jury Members have been outstanding Parliamentarians and recipients of the Sansad Ratna Awards in the previous Lok Sabha.
According to Meghwal, recognition and performance review of parliamentarians by the civil society helps strengthen democracy.
He also said the people after electing the parliamentarians and legislators have a moral responsibility to monitor their performance.
According to K. Srinivasan, Chairman of the Prime Point Foundation and Sansad Ratna Awards Committee, the date of the awards presentation event will be announced later once normalcy comes back after Covid-19 pandemic.