New Delhi, Jan. 3 -- The Rajya Sabha on Thursday functioned smoothly and completed the zero and question hours for the first time in this Winter Session of Parliament.

As the House met for the day, Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu, appealed to the members to "see to it that the House functions" as very few working days are left in the session.

"Once again I would like to appeal to sections of the House to see that the House is allowed to function. We have only three more working days, including today in the current session. There are very important issues, including ordinances and some important bills on which there is broad consensus. We are not sending a correct message by not working," Naidu said.

He regretted that in the last 13 working da...