Phangnon Konyak became the first woman to chair the Rajya Sabha from Nagaland
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Phangnon Konyak, the first woman member from Nagaland in the Rajya Sabha, presided over the House.
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On 17 July 2023, Phangnon Konyak became the first woman member to be appointed to the panel of Vice-Chairpersons.
Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar nominated four women members (50% of the total) to the panel of Vice-Chairpersons to promote gender equality.
All the nominated women members are first time MPs.
The reconstituted panel now comprises a total of eight members, half of whom are women, a first in the history of the Upper House.
The nominated women members are as follows:
PT Usha: Renowned athlete and Padma Shri awardee, nominated to Rajya Sabha in July 2022.
S. Phangnon Konyak: First woman elected as Rajya Sabha member from Nagaland (April 2022) and serves on various committees.
Dr. Fauzia Khan: Nominated to Rajya Sabha in April 2020, Member of various committees.
Sulta Dev: Elected to Rajya Sabha in July 2022, served on various committees.
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