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27th July, 2023 Polity

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Context: S. Phangnon Konyak, a member of the Rajya Sabha from Nagaland, made history, when she became the first woman from her state to preside over the Upper House of Parliament.


  • Phangnon Konyak was among the four women Parliamentarians who were nominated by the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, M. Venkaiah Naidu, to the panel of Vice-Chairpersons for the Monsoon Session.
    • The other three women were P.T. Usha, Sulata Deo and Fauzia Khan.
  • Konyak, who belongs to the Naga People's Front (NPF), expressed her gratitude to the Chairman and the members of the House for allowing her to chair the proceedings.

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PANEL OF VICE CHAIRPERSONS: https://www.iasgyan.in/daily-current-affairs/panel-of-vice-chairpersons


Q. What is the main significance of including women parliamentarians in the Panel of Vice-Chairpersons?

A) Improving gender representation and diversity in the Rajya Sabha

B) Enhancing the powers of the Vice-Chairpersons

C) Streamlining legislative procedures in the Rajya Sabha

D) Eliminating disruptions during sessions

Answer: A

Explanation: Improving gender representation and diversity in the Rajya Sabha. By nominating women parliamentarians to the Panel of Vice-Chairpersons, the Rajya Sabha aims to promote gender inclusivity and diverse representation in its functioning.