Spl sitting on Sun to mark 60 years of Parliament

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha will hold special sittings on Sunday to mark the 60th anniversary of the first session of India`s Parliament. Two living members of the first Lok Sabha — Reishang Keishing and Resham Lal Jangde will be honoured on the occasion. 91-year-old Keishing, a member of the Rajya Sabha, was member of the first and third Lok Sabhas. Jangde was member of first, second and ninth Lok Sabhas.

Both the Houses of Parliament will meet at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday to discuss `The Journey of 60 years of Indian Parliament`. In the evening, President Pratibha Patil will address a joint sitting of both Houses in the Central Hall. Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar will also address the joint sitting.

Patil will release coins of Rs 5 and Rs 10 denomination to mark the occasion along with a special stamp. The President will release three books — Members` Introduction: First Lok Sabha; Speakers of Lok Sabha and `60 years of the Lok Sabha: An Analysis` on the occasion. The books are published by the Lok Sabha Secretariat.

Patil will also release five other books `Selected Speeches of Women Members of the Constituent Assembly`, `Welcome Respected Chairman`, `60 years of the Rajya Sabha`, `Computerisation of the Rajya Sabha: An Overview` and `Nominated Members of the Rajya Sabha`. A cultural programme featuring Santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Sitarist Debu Chaudhuri, Carnatic vocalist Maharajapuram Ramachandran, versatile singer Shubha Mudgal and Iqbal Khan will light up the evening.