PT Usha, Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja, Philanthropist Veerendra Heggade, Screenwriter VV Prasad Garu appointed to RS
Updated: 06 July 2022 21:04 STI
New Delhi [India]July 06 (ANI): Iconic composer Ilaiyaraaja, famous athlete PT Usha, Indian philanthropist Veerendra Heggade and screenwriter V Vijayendra Prasad Garu were appointed as Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
The President appoints 12 members of the Rajya Sabha from among persons who have special knowledge or practical experience in the fields of art, literature, science and social service. The rationale for this principle of appointment is to provide eminent personalities with a place in the Rajya Sabha without going through the election process.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated those appointed to Rajya Sabha on Twitter.
Taking to Twitter, PM Modi wrote: “The remarkable PT Usha Ji is an inspiration to all Indians. Her achievements in sport are widely known but equally commendable is her work in mentoring budding athletes over the past few years. Congratulations to her on her appointment to the Rajya Sabha.”
Prime Minister Modi said Ilaiyaraaja has captivated people across generations and his works reflect many emotions beautifully.
“@ilaiyaraaja ji’s creative genius has captivated people across generations. His works reflect many emotions beautifully. Equally inspiring is his life journey – he comes from a humble background and has so accomplished. Sabha,” he said in a tweet.
The Prime Minister also said Heggade is at the forefront of exceptional community service.
“Shri Veerendra Heggade Ji is at the forefront of outstanding community service. I had the opportunity to pray at Dharmasthala Temple and also witness the great work he does in the fields of health, education and culture. It will certainly enrich parliamentary debates,” PM Modi tweeted.
The Prime Minister said that Vijayendra Prasad Garu has been associated with the creative world for decades and his works showcase the glorious Indian culture.
“Shri V. Vijayendra Prasad Garu has been associated with the creative world for decades. His works showcase the glorious Indian culture and have left their mark on the entire world. Congratulations to him on his appointment to Rajya Sabha,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
The Rajya Sabha is expected to consist of no more than 250 members – 238 members representing states and union territories and 12 members appointed by the president.
Rajya Sabha is a permanent body and is not subject to dissolution. However, a third of the members retire every two years and are replaced by newly elected members. Each member is elected for a six-year term. The Vice President of India is the ex officio President of Rajya Sabha. The Chamber also elects a Vice-President from among its members. In addition, there is also a panel of “vice-presidents” in the Rajya Sabha. The most senior minister, who is a member of Rajya Sabha, is appointed by the Prime Minister as Leader of the House. (ANI)