Nominated MPs: Sachin's lacklustre innings, Rekha without a hit
Standard, December 22, 2015
espncricinfo.com's brief introduction of Sachin Tendulkar
says: "Perhaps the most complete batsman and the most worshipped
cricketer in the world, Tendulkar holds just about every batting
record worth owning in the game, including those for most runs
and hundreds in Tests and ODIs, and most international runs."
Other than staggering 100 hundreds and 200 wickets in
international cricket, he scored 81 centuries in the first class
matches. The performance of the "God of Cricket" on pitches all
around the world was nothing less than extraordinary.
But there is nothing extraordinary about his performance as a
Member of Parliament. Nominated to the Rajya Sabha on April 27,
2012, his attendance has been a dismal six per cent as against
the national average of 78 per cent, according to PRS
Legislative Research. In three full sessions of Parliament, his
attendance was nil. He has asked just seven questions so far and
all of them in December 2015. Two questions are regarding making
sports as compulsory subject in schools. Other three questions
are related to the ministry of railways and two on road
transport and highways.
However, he has done reasonably well with regard to the
utilisation of MP Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS). Of Rs
7.5 crore released by the government, he has spent Rs 7.36 crore.
His total entitlement of fund is Rs 20 crore and he has
recommended works worth Rs 14.95 crore.
The performance of Rekha, an acclaimed Bollywood actress has
nothing to write home about. Nominated to the Upper House on
April 27, 2012, her attendance has been a mere five per cent.
She has not asked a single question and is yet to participate in
any debate so far. She has not been very liberal with the
utilisation of MPLADS funds too. More than halfway through her
term, she has spent just Rs 71 lakh out of Rs 2.5 crore released
by the government. Her total entitlement under the scheme is Rs
20 crore but she has recommended works worth Rs 1.65 crore,
according to the MPLADS website.
Do these celebrities feel out of place in Parliament? "I am of
the opinion that the process of nominating members to the Rajya
Sabha needs to be reviewed. It should be more transparent and
democratic. You cannot always blame celebrities for lack of
participation in the parliamentary proceedings. There may be
some issue with regard to their connect with the people, but we
should have a system in place that encourages them to
participate more in the democratic process," observes Anand
Pradhan of New Delhi-based Indian Institute of Mass
According to the Rajya Sabha website, there are currently 10
nominated members in the Upper House as two positions are
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