In a symbolic and historic move, the Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankar reconstituted the panel of the Vice-Chairpersons on 21 September 2023 for a day. On 21 September, the Rajya Sabha took up for discussion the 128th constitutional amendment bill 2023, named Nari Shakti Vandan Vidheyak Bill 2023.
The Nari Shakti Vandan Vidheyak Bill, 2023, seeks to reserve one -third seats for women in the Lok Sabha and in all the state legislative assemblies.
To emphasise the historic occasion, the Rajya Sabha chairman constituted an all-women 13-member panel of Vice-Chairperson only for 21st September 2023.
Later the bill was passed by the Rajya sabha. It has already been passed by the Lok Sabha .
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Article 64 of the constitution says that the Vice President of India is the ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. His term of office is 5 years. He presides over the functioning of the House and performs other constitutional duties.
In his absence, the duties of the Chairman are performed by the Deputy -Chairman. The Deputy Chairman is elected by the members of the Rajya Sabha amongst themselves for a period of six years.
In case neither the Chairman nor the Deputy Chairman is available, then the function of the Chairman is performed by one of the members of the panel of Vice-Chairpersons.
The 8-member panel of the Vice-Chairpersons is appointed by the Chairman from the members of Rajya Sabha for a period of one year.