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Rajya Sabha chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu's tenure was initially marked by low productivity in the home, followed by a recovery, officials said on Saturday.

Out of the 13 full sessions he chaired by this year's budget session, his productivity in the first five sessions ranged from just 6.80% to 58.80%. In his next 8 sessions, he improved significantly in 6 sessions, his productivity ranged from 76% to 105% and 5 sessions worked about 100% of the time scheduled .

Fifty eight issues were primarily responsible for the disruptions and forced adjournments of the House during this period.

"57 per cent of the sittings of Rajya Sabha have witnessed disruptions and forced adjournments of the House for either part of the day or a full day. The issue of Special Category Status for Andhra Pradesh was raised in 36 sittings across four sitting starting with the highest number of 24 times during the Budget session of 2018," read an official statement.

The next four issues included the passing of three farm laws and farmers' protests, the Pegasus spyware, constitution of Cauvery Water Management Board and the suspension of 12 Members in the winter session of 2021.

During Vice President Naidu's tenure about 78 per cent of the Rajya Sabha Members daily attended the House. While about 3 per cent didn't do so, 30 per cent of members reported full attendance in different sessions.

Over the years since 1978 for which detailed data regarding the functioning of Rajya Sabha is maintained, the House has come to spend lesser and lesser time on its 'Oversight' function of ensuring the accountability of the executive to the Parliament primarily, due to sustained low utilization of Question Hour.

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