BJD’s Lok Sabha MP from Cuttack constituency Bhartruhari Mahtab would receive the award for the ‘Most Outstanding Parliamentarian’ for 2017. This was announced by the Indian Parliamentary Group (IPG).
Mahtab will receive the honour for his experience, debating skills, awareness of issues and the depth with which issues were raised.
Dinesh Trivedi, Lok Sabha MP of Trinamool Congress, would get the award for 2016 and Congress veteran and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad would get it for 2015, the Lok Sabha secretariat said in a statement.
For 2013 and 2014, the awards will be conferred on Najma Heptullah and Hukumdev Narayan Yadav respectively. The MPs were selected on the basis of their experience, debating skills, awareness of issues and the depth with which issues were raised, official sources said.
The names were shortlisted by an award committee headed by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and comprised members including Home Minister Rajnath Singh, senior BJP leader L K Advani, Deputy Chairman of the Upper House P J Kurien, Congress leader Karan Singh and Ram Bhadur Rai, head of the Indira Gandhi National Centre For Arts.
The committee recommended these names to the IPG, a 24-member autonomous body of the current and former MPs of both houses which is also headed by the Speaker.