Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha or the Council of States is the Upper House of the Indian Parliament. The House is limited by the Constitution to a maximum of 250 members, out of which 12 members are nominated by the President and 238 are representatives of the States and of the two Union Territories. The present Rajya Sabha, however, is 245, out of which 233 are representatives of the States and Union territories of Delhi and Puducherry and 12 are nominated by the

President. Members of the Rajya Sabha are indirectly elected. The representatives of each State and two Union territories are elected by the elected members of the Legislative Assembly of that State and by the members of the Electoral College for that Union Territory. The Chairperson of the House is the Vice President of India. The Upper House is a permanent House and is not subject to dissolution. But one-third of its members retire after every two years.Each member's term is for six years.

Rajya Sabha News

President Kovind gives assent to bill providing 10% quota for general category poor

The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill 2019 provides 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions to the economically weaker sections in the general category.

Disruptions cut into Winter Session productivity: Sixth of LS time lost in this Parliament

In its report, PRS Legislative Research said the productivity of Lok Sabha during the session was 46%, and that of Rajya Sabha, 26%.


PM Modi hails passing of General Category Quota Bill in Parliament

PM Modi said the bill "ensures a wider canvas for our Yuva Shakti to showcase their prowess and contribute towards India’s transformation". The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, seeking to provide 10 per cent reservation to the economically weaker sections among general category, was passed in the Rajya Sabha Wednesday.

Parliament HIGHLIGHTS: Rajya Sabha passes General Category Quota Bill

Parliament Winter Session 2019 Today HIGHLIGHTS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the passage of the quota Bill in both the houses of the Parliament, calling it a victory for social justice.

Opposition sit-in in House to protest extra sitting

Opposition leaders said that they were informed about the extension only on Tuesday morning at the meeting of the Business Advisory Committee.

Parliament Winter Session UPDATES: Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill passed by Lok Sabha

Even as most of the MPs were in favour of the Bill to be passed, AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi opposed it saying that if anyone conceals a disease like leprosy, it is a case of fraud in a contract of marriage.


Women’s Reservation Bill: Women MPs in Upper House call for Bill’s passage in Lok Sabha

CPM’s Jharna Das Baidya said the BJP, despite having absolute majority in Lok Sabha and despite talking about “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao”, has not got the women’s reservation Bill passed.

Rajya Sabha no to resolution seeking law for welfare of widows

While Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh said the resolution had been rejected on the basis of voice vote, Siva, along with Cong MPs, insisted on division of votes.

2019 calendar with Rajya Sabha history lessons

Venkaiah Naidu will be on the cover page of the calendar.

Cauvery issue rocks Rajya Sabha, Naidu orders AIADMK, DMK, MPs to leave House

AIADMK members had trooped into the well as soon as the House resumed in the afternoon and were continuously shouting slogans "we want justice, take the permission (to build dam on Cauvery) back, don't deny rights of Tamil Nadu".

Rajya Sabha Photos

Like a boss: This is how MP Mary Kom spends quality time with children

Comparisons of her dual role with a certain Manny Pacquiao only evoke laughter from MC Mary Kom but the five-time world champion says being an active boxer and a parliamentarian at the same time is no laughing matter.

Rajya Sabha nominations 2016: Faces to look out for

Parties like BJP, Congress, JD(U), RJD among other have revealed some of the names as their nomination for Rajya Sabha in 2016. Here are a few:


Rekha makes appearance in Parliament

Bollywood star Rekha on Tuesday turned up to attend the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha amidst criticism for attending only seven sittings.

Postcards of Change: Transforming cities take centrestage

Indian cities are yet to get the attention they deserve despite their role as the growth engines of the economy.

Rajya Sabha Videos

Ravi Shankar Prasad tells Parliament about the plan to control WhatsApp rumours

The Union Minister made an elaborate speech in the Rajya Sabha where he listed out the various incidents of violence - like lynching - which were reported because of rumour-mongering on WhatsApp and laid out the plan to tackle it.


Aircel-Maxis scam: Uproar in Parliament over Karti Chidambaram's role

New Delhi, Mar 01 (ANI): Proceedings in the Parliament were adjourned today following an uproar by AIADMK members over former finance minister P Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram's alleged involvement in the Aircel-Maxis scam. AIADMK members marched into the Well of the House and raised slogans against Karti, following which the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2.00 pm. Meanwhile, a similar situation prevailed in the Lok Sabha as well.

I attended Mahishasura event in JNU: BJP MP

New Delhi, Feb 26 (ANI): Confirming his attendance at the ‘Mahishasura festival’ of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in 2011, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Udit Raj on Friday said that he changed his thoughts after joining the saffron party. Raj further stated that Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani’s remarks on the Mahishasura event were political and he attended the event as an activist then. Irani had yesterday created a huge uproar in the Rajya Sabha by reading out a document on the Mahishasur Puja, observed on the JNU campus every October since 2011.

Rajya Sabha adjourned over Rohith Vemula case

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Rajya Sabha Deputy chairman PJ Kurien adjourned the house again till noon as Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati raised the issue of Rohith Vemula, a Dalit student who committed suicide earlier this year after being suspended that created ado. Other BSP MPs also started sloganeering against the Central Government and demanded justice for Vemula's family.

PM Modi calls all-party meet to discuss Budget Session

New Delhi, Feb 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called an all-party meet of the leaders of Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha to discuss upcoming budget session. The Budget Session of Parliament will commence on February 23. The Rail Budget will be presented on February 25 and the Economic survey on February 26. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the Union Budget for 2016-17 on February 29.