New Delhi, Jul 19: Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday pulled up Union Minister Jitendra Singh for using the colonial expression of “I beg to” while laying official papers on the table of the House. When the House met for the day, Singh laid the papers concerning the Department of Space, saying that “I beg to lay papers listed against my name…”.

Interrupting Singh in between Naidu said, “We have given up begging one year back. You are lagging.” He said members can just state that “I rise to present a report etc. They need not beg,” he said.

Last year, when Naidu took over as the Rajya Sabha Chairman, he had brought minor changes in the conduct of the Rajya Sabha. He asked ministers and members not to use the colonial expression ‘I beg to” while laying papers on the table. “Just say I raise to lay on the table” the listed papers. No need to beg… this is independent India,” he said.

As a practice, most of them earlier used to say “I beg to lay the papers … listed against my name in today’s order paper.” Almost all have followed Naidu’s instructions but there have been occasional slip-ups.

Minister of State for Law and Justice P P Chaudhary had used the term “beg” on the opening day of the Winter Session of Parliament in December last year, leading Naidu to remind him of the new norm.

Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday set a record of sorts when he spoke in 10 languages on the opening day of the monsoon session. Of the 22 languages listed in the Eighth Schedule, the Rajya Sabha earlier had simultaneous interpretation services for 17 languages including Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

These services have now been made available for RS members to speak in five more languages — Dogri, Kashmiri, Konkani, Santhali, and Sindhi, Naidu had announced.

(With agency inputs)