Usage of Cellular Phones within Rajya Sabha Restricted

Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu have warned the MPs not to record proceedings of the House on mobile phones and usage of mobile phones.

Key Points

  • This warning by the Rajya Sabha Chairman came one day after some videos of the disruption in the proceedings of the house on the farm bills were circulated in media.
  • A day before, Opposition party leaders walked out of the house over the issue of farm laws and some of the MPs recorded it and shared it with the media.
  • Naidu said that such unauthorized recordings and their circulation will be considered as a breach of Parliamentary privilege and contempt of the House.
  • Parliamentary rules restrict “usage of cellular phones within Rajya Sabha chambers.”
  • MPs should not use their cell phones in the house and should not indulge in such unauthorized activities.

Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha is the upper house of the parliament. Vice President is the Chairman of the house. At present, the maximum membership of the house is 245. Out of this, 232 are elected by the legislatures of the states and union territories while 12 members can be nominated by the President of the country. At present, Harivansh Narayan Singh is the Deputy Chairman of the house.