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Panel of Vice-Chairpersons

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

 

Source: TH

 Context: For the first time in Rajya Sabha history, women have equal representation in the panel of vice-chairpersons.

 

Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar nominated four women parliamentarians, making up half of the eight-member panel. Among the newly nominated members is S. Phangnon Konyak (She is the first woman to be elected as a Member of the Rajya Sabha from Nagaland in April 2022 and the second woman from the State to be elected to either House of the Parliament or the State Assembly.)

 

What is a Panel of Vice-Chairpersons?

The Panel of Vice-Chairpersons in Rajya Sabha is headed by the Deputy Chairman. The members are nominated from the members of the Rajya Sabha by the Chairperson. Its role is to assist in passing bills and ensuring the effective functioning of the government.

In case of the Chairman’s absence, the same duty is delegated and executed by the deputy chairman of the house.