Being a nominated member of Rajya Sabha is in itself considered as a pride and honour for any person in the country; while there are some who is mocking the system for the same. Ramesh Kumar Tendulkar aka Sachin Tendulkar may be the god of cricket on the cricket pitch but lacks miserably in the attendance sheet of the Rajya Sabha.
Sachin Tendulkar, one of the 12 nominated members of the upper house of Parliament, has a mere 6.6 percent of attendance making him the second lowest among all the members. As on March 31, 2017, Sachin attended 23 of the 348 sessions since his nomination in 2012. Sachin has asked 22 questions in all but has never attended a single debate.
If it comes as any consolation to Sachin, he has attended five days more in comparison with Bollywood actress and nominated MP Rekha. She was also nominated in 2012 but has attended only 18 of the 348 days. Rekha’s attendance in the Rajya Sabha stands at a disheartening 5.17 percent. What is worse? She has never asked a single question and neither has she ever participated in any debate.
The data reveals that Sachin has recommended works worth Rs 21.19 crore from his MPLADS funds while Rekha has recommended work worth Rs 9.28 crore.
However, when it comes to expenditures Rekha tops the list with a staggering expenditure of Rs 3.6 lakh per day. Sachin’s expenditure stands at Rs 2.56 lakh per day. While it is common notion that those MPs who attend Parliament cost more to the exchequer, in Rekha’s case it is quite the opposite.