No question hour in Lok Sabha first week

March 6th, 2008 - 7:57 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) Disruptions by MPs did not allow the Lok Sabha to hold its question hour even one day during the entire first week of the budget session that began Feb 25. In all, 60 starred questions had been scheduled for the question hour every day during the first week, with questions meant to be answered orally by various ministers.

Members are allowed to ask supplementary queries related to starred questions during the question hour, the first hour of every working day in the Lok Sabha.

An unstarred question does not call for an oral answer in the house; no supplementary questions can be asked either.

Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, who has on more than one occasion expressed his anguish over the conduct of the MPs last week, accused them of “working overtime to finish democracy in this country”.

“Out of the 60 starred questions listed none could be answered orally due to disruptions and pandemonium in the house,” Chatterjee said in the house earlier this week.

“Thus, the replies to the starred questions along with the replies to 582 other questions are laid on the table.”

“One statutory resolution regarding approval of proclamation issued under Article 356 in respect of Nagaland was passed by the house without any substantial discussion,” Chatterjee said in a written statement.

According to government figures, every minute of parliament proceedings costs Rs.34,500 or Rs.2.07 million an hour.

In the last session, the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha respectively lost 42 and 41 hours.

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