In the fourth session of the current Parliament, Lok Sabha member P.K. Biju on April 29, 2010 asked the minority affairs minister the status of the recommendations that Sachar Committee had made for welfare of minorities.
Why Biju had asked a question related to welfare of minorities is obvious. Biju hails from Kerala which has a large Christian and Muslim population.
A CPI (M) leader, Biju represents Alathur constituency of Kerala in the present Lok Sabha.
He had asked the question in the Zero Hour and his question should have been short and precise. Instead, Biju kept on lengthening his question, adding facts and figures to it.
An irritated ‘Madam Speaker’ Meira Kumar, asking Biju to complete the question quickly, said, ‘Please ask your supplementary (question).’
Biju, who wanted to continue with the question, replied, ‘Madam, I am coming from Kerala.’
Meira Kumar said, ‘Come fast,’
Everybody present in the Lok Sabha laughed.
Thanks to www.parliamentofindia.nic.in, the official website of Parliament, I came to know about the humorous exchange of words between the speaker and an M.P.
I find the website a treasure of information about Parliament, its functioning and its members.
Name any constituency in any corner of India, and at the click of mouse you will know who all have represented it in Parliament ever since the first Lok Sabha elections were held.
You can know the status of all the bills that have been introduced in the current Lok Sabha.
You can know the details of the debates that have taken place in Parliament till date or the questions that have been raised by the members.
I have seen that people try to search the address and telephone numbers of politicians in google.co.in.
www.parliamentofindia.nic.in provides exhaustive information about it members.
For example, now I know that P.K. Biju’s full name is Parayamparanbil Kuttappan Biju and he was born in Kottayam on April 3, 1974. He got married to Viji Vijayan on May 30, 2009. Biju attended School of Chemical Sciences in Kottayam and holds a Master’s Degree in Polymer Science. At present he is doing a research on polymer science.
His permanent address is Parayamparambil, P.O. Manjoor South, District Kottayam - 686603 Kerala. An an M.P, he has been allotted a bungalow in Delhi and its address is 209, V.P. House Rafi Marg, New Delhi – 110001. He is national president of Students’ Federation of India andhe has visited Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Venezuela.
Out of curiosity, I started checking the present and permanent
address of the M.Ps (http://126.96.36.199/LssNew/members/membercontactdetail.aspx).
I found that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s permanent address is House No. 3989, Nandan Nagar, Ward No. 51, Sarumataria, Dispur, Guwahati, District Kamrup, Assam. His present address,we know is 7 Race Course Road, New Delhi.
Pranab Mukherjee’s permanent address is Flat No. 2 A, 60/2/7, Kavi Bharti Sarani, Lake Road Kolkata. His Delhi address is 13 Talkatora Road, New Delhi.
Maneka Gandhi’s permanent and present address are same – 14, Ashoka Road, New Delhi. Even Rahul Gandhi’s present and permanent address are same – 12 Tuglak Lane, New Delhi.
Going through the list, I found that Akhilesh Singh Yadav, as a Lok Sabha member lived in with Lucknow along with his father at 5, Vikramaditya Marg. But the father-son duo were allotted different bungalows in Delhi.
Curious, I checked the present and permanent address of Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Her present address is 10, Janpath, New Delhi but the column against her name for permanent address was blank. I was intrigued.
I checked the present and permanent addresses of all the Lok Sabha members and found that the present or permanent address of only three Lok Sabha members, including Sonia Gandhi, incomplete.
The other two members, apart from Sonia Gandhi are Jay Prakash Hegde of the Congress who represents Udupi Chikmaglur constituency, ‘Madam Speaker’ Meira Kumar.
Hegde’s present address is missing and there is a possibility that he is yet to be allotted a bungalow in Delhi. But what about Sonia Gandhi and Meira. Can it be possible that they do not have a permanent address? Even if they have, have they tried to hide it?
The official website, www.parliamentofindia.nic.in has been developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC).
I can accept that failing to give Sonia Gandhi’s permanent address is a blunder of the NIC. But can it be so casual in matters related to Sonia Gandhi?
I inquired two persons who can be considered experts of the subjects but both were unable to satisfy me.
I hope the NIC rectifies its mistake or clears my doubt.