Sansad Ratna Award

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Sansad Ratna Award
Best Parliamentarian Award
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Awarded for Top performing Indian Lok Sabha Members
Sponsored by Prime Point Foundation and PreSense
First awarded 2010

Sansad Ratna Award ("Gem of Parliament") is a private award established in 2010 by the Prime Point Foundation and e-magazine PreSense to honour "top performing" Members of the Indian Lok Sabha. The private-award is not conferred by the Government of India nor are its "recipients" recognized as such by the Government of India.

Similarly, it is in no way related to the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award given by the Indian Parliamentary Group. The Founders claim that Sansad Ratna Awards are given on behalf of "civil society" through a transparent selection process by a Jury committee of eminent Parliamentarians, based on the data on various performance parameters.

Introduction[edit]

The Prime Point Foundation jointly with the ezine PreSense decided to honour Parliamentarians who, in their opinion, performed well in the Lok Sabha, based on their participation in debates, raising questions, introducing Private Members Bills and Attendance.

In May 2010, the Award was presented for the first time under the name "UnSung Heroes' Award". Since its launch in 2010, the Award has been presented annually, around April or May. The Award was renamed in 2012 and has since been known as the "Sansad Ratna Award".

Selection Methodology[edit]

Delhi based NGO PRS Legislative Research closely monitors the "performance" of all the Members of Parliament and releases the data of their individual performance. Selection of Awardees is based on the participation of debates, raising questions, introduction of Private Members Bills and attendance in the House and Committee Meetings, Usage of MPLADS, etc. at the end of Budget Session of every year. The Awards are then presented to the Members of Parliament in a ceremony held around June / July every year.

For the 16th Lok Sabha, a "Jury Committee" headed by Anandrao Vithoba Adsul with members Hansraj Gangaram Ahir and Arjun Ram Meghwal has been formed to select the Award winners. The Jury committee members were themselves "outstanding performers" of the 15th Lok Sabha and recipients of 'Sansad Maha Ratna' awards for 15th Lok Sabha.

UnSung Heroes Award 2010[edit]

Mr. T.S. Krishna Murthy and Mr N. Gopalaswami, both former Chief Election Commissioner of India presented the Awards on 1 May 2010. Mr Hansraj Gangaram Ahir and Mr S. Ramasubbu were the recipients of the Award. Former Indian President Mr APJ Abdul Kalam addressed the function via phone live from Delhi.[1]

UnSung Heroes Award 2011[edit]

Veteran octogenarian parliamentarian Mr Era Sezhiyan and Mr N Vittal presented the Awards in May 2011 to Mr Anandrao Vithoba Adsul, Mr Hansraj Gangaram Ahir and Mr S. Ramasubbu.[2][3]

Sansad Ratna Award 2012[edit]

In 2012 the Award was renamed as the 'Sansad Ratna Award'. The Award ceremony was held in April and was hosted by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Mr Gopalkrishna Gandhi, former Governor of West Bengal and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi presented the Awards. Mr Anandrao Vithoba Adsul, Mr Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Mr Arjun Ram Meghwal and Mr S. Ramasubbu were the recipients of the Sansad Ratna Award.[4][5][6][7][8]

Sansad Ratna Awards 2013[edit]

In April 2013, the Award ceremony was hosted again by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Ten MPs were selected for the Award, of which six MPs received the Award in person. Dr Konijeti Rosaiah, The Governor of Tamil Nadu and Mr T. S. Krishnamurthy, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India presented the Awards. Mr Anandrao Vithoba Adsul, Mr Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Mr Arjun Ram Meghwal and Mr S. Ramasubbu, Mrs Rama Devi and Mrs Botsa Jhansi Lakshmi received the Awards in person.[9][10][11][12][13][14][15]

Sansad Ratna Awards 2014[edit]

Sansad Ratna Awardees 2014 for 15th Lok Sabha

On 22 February 2014, the Award ceremony was held at Chennai Press Club to honour the top performing Members of 15th Lok Sabha. 12 MPs were selected to receive the Award. 5 MPs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Gajanan Babar, Shivaji Adhalrao Patil, S. Ramasubbu and Rama Devi received the Awards from N. Gopalaswami, former Chief Election Commissioner of India.[16]

Sansad Ratna Awards 2015[edit]

Sansad Maha Ratna and Sansad Ratna Awardees 2015 for 15th & 16th Lok Sabha

On 11 July 2015, 6th Edition of Award ceremony was held at Indian Institute of Technology Madras to honour the top performing Lok Sabha Members of 15th Lok Sabha and 16th Lok Sabha (up to 4th Session). Dr. Justice A. R. Lakshmanan, Former Judge of Supreme Court of India and Chairman of Law Commission of India presented the Awards. Anandrao Adsul, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir and Arjun Ram Meghwal were honoured with 'Sansad Maha Ratna' Award, for their sustained outstanding performance in the 15th Lok Sabha from the first session.

P P Choudhary and Shrirang Barne were honoured with 'Sansad Ratna' Awards, for their top performance during the first four sessions of the 16th Lok Sabha. [17]

Sansad Ratna Awards 2016[edit]

Sansad Ratna Awrdees 2016 for 16th Lok Sabha

On 11 June 2016, 7th Edition of Sansad Ratna Award ceremony was held at Indian Institute of Technology Madras to honour the top performing Parliamentarians of 16th Lok Sabha (up to 7th session). Dr. C. Rangarajan, Former Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Reserve Bank of India presented the Awards. Shivaji Adhalrao Patil. P P Choudhary, Shrirang Barne, Rajiv Satav, Dr Heena Gavit and P Rajeev were honoured with Sansad Ratna Awards. [18] [19]

Sansad Ratna Awards 2017[edit]

Sansad Ratna Awrdees 2017 for 16th Lok Sabha

On 27 May 2017, 8th Edition of Sansad Ratna Award ceremony was held at Indian Institute of Technology Madras to honour the top performing Parliamentarians of 16th Lok Sabha (up to 10th session). Justice (Retd.) P. Sathasivam, Hon'ble Governor of Kerala presented the Awards. Bhartruhari Mahtab. N.K. Premachandran, Shrirang Barne, Rajiv Satav, Dhananjay Mahadik, Dr Heena Gavit, Sanjay Raut, K. N. Balagopal and T. N. Seema were honoured with Sansad Ratna Awards. [20][21][22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Special Correspondent (2010-05-02). "The Hindu report". Thehindu.com. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  2. ^ News, Express (2011-05-08). "New Indian Express report". Newindianexpress.com. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  3. ^ "Report on 2011 Award". Prpoint.in. 2011-05-08. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  4. ^ "IANS report". Daijiworld.com. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  5. ^ "Report in Parliamentarian's Forum". Parfore.in. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  6. ^ — 14 April 2012 (2012-04-14). "News4rajasthan". News4rajasthan. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  7. ^ "Khabar Express". Khabar Express. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
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  9. ^ Sunday, 21 July 2013 (2013-04-21). "Deccan Chronicle". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 2013-07-21. 
  10. ^ "Times of India report". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2013-04-22. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  11. ^ "IANS report". Newsyaps.com. 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  12. ^ "PRS India Report". Prsindia.org. 2013-04-22. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  13. ^ "Indian Awaaz Report". Theindianawaaz.com. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  14. ^ "India TV report". Indiatvnews.com. 2013-04-20. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  15. ^ Chennaionline Video
  16. ^ IANS Story
  17. ^ TOI Story
  18. ^ New Indian Express story
  19. ^ The Indian Awaaz story
  20. ^ MPs-should-take-up-constructive-debates--Kerala-Governor.html?fromNewsdog=1 Press Trust of India story
  21. ^ The Indian Awaaz story
  22. ^ New Indian Express story

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