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Speaker begins consultations for change in Question Hours time

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Tuesday said she has begun consultations on changing the time of the Question Hour to prevent frequent disruptions and hoped the shift to happen before the Monsoon session in July.



New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar
on Tuesday said she has begun consultations on changing the time of
the Question Hour to prevent frequent disruptions and hoped
the shift to happen before the Monsoon session in July.

"I have begun consultations on the matter," she told
reporters when asked about moves to have the Question Hour in
the post-lunch session.
Kumar said to begin with she was holding talks with
officials and would also consult political parties and the
government in this regard.

"I hope so," was her reply when asked whether the new
timings for the Question Hour would come into effect from
the Monsoon session.

Question Hour could not be taken up for four days in the
Lok Sabha and seven days in the Rajya Sabha in the second part
of the Budget session as opposition sought to raise various
issues.

The idea of shifting the Question Hour gained ground
during the Budget session when 115 working hours out of 385 of
both the Houses were lost due to frequent disruptions and
walkouts.
Stressing the importance of the Question Hour, the
Speaker said it was "central to Executive`s accountabilty
to Parliament."

Kumar hinted at consultations with Rajya Sabha Chairman
Hamid Ansari so that the similar change could be reflected in
the functioning of the Upper House.

Of the total 620 starred questions admitted during the
Budget session in the Rajya Sabha, only 92, or 14 per cent,
were called in the House.

In the Lok Sabha, only 12 per cent of starred questions
received a verbal response.

PTI

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