The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, adjourned for the day without transacting any business as mark of respect to sitting member Arjun Kumar Sengupta, who died recently.
As soon as the House met on the opening day of the Winter Session of Parliament, Chairman Hamid Ansari mentioned the passing away of Sengupta and former members Jamuna Devi and S S Chandran.
Sengupta, who died on September 26 at the age of 73, was an economist and diplomat by profession. He was the Special Secretary to the Prime Minister from 1981 to 1984. He was the member of the Planning Commission from 1993 to 1998 prior to which he was India's Ambassador to the European Union (1990 to 1993) and served in the International Monetary Fund (1985 to 1990).
Ansari said Sengupta will always be remembered for his report on the unorganised sector which is now a reference point for framing policies for workers in this sector.
Sengupta, who represented West Bengal from August 2005 till his death, would also be remembered for enriching public life, he said. "In passing away of Sengupta, the country has lost an eminent economist, a noted diplomat and an able parliamentarian," Ansari said.
Jamuna Devi, who passed away at the age of 80, was Deputy Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh in 1998 and Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly from 2003 to 2008 and from 2009 till her demise on September 24. She represented the state of Madhya Pradesh in the Upper House from April 1978 to April 1980. "In passing away of Jamuna Devi, the country has lost a noted social worker and a veteran parliamentarian," Ansari said.
Cine star Chandran, who represented Tamil Nadu in Rajya Sabha from July 2001 to July 2007, died on October 9 at the age of 69. "In passing away of Chandran, the country has lost an eminent cine artist and an able parliamentarian," Ansari said.
Members later observed silence as mark of respect to them. Before adjourning for the day, the Rajya Sabha also mourned the loss of lives in Indonesia due to the tsunami and volcanic eruption.