There will likely be no Question Hour in in the upcoming Monsoon Session of Parliament. Notifications issued by Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats mentioned that non-public members’ payments can even not be taken up

There will likely be no Question Hour and personal members’ payments is not going to be taken up in the upcoming Monsoon Session of Parliament, whereas the Zero Hour will likely be restricted, notifications issued by Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats mentioned on Wednesday.

The Monsoon Session will likely be held from 14 September to 1 October.

“There will be no Question Hour during the Session. In view of the request of the Government owing to prevailing extraordinary situation due to COVID-19, the Speaker has directed that no day be fixed for transaction of Private Members’ Business during the Session,” the Lok Sabha Secretariat mentioned in a notification.

An analogous notification has additionally been issued by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat as properly.

The notification on the suspension of Question Hour in each Houses throughout the upcoming Session of the Parliament led to a refrain of protests by Opposition leaders throughout celebration traces.

Trinamool Congress MP and Floor Leader in Rajya Sabha Derek O’Brien mentioned Opposition MPs will lose the proper to query the federal government.

“Pandemic an excuse to murder democracy,” he mentioned in a tweet.

In an identical vein, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said, “I said four months ago that strongmen leaders would use the excuse of the pandemic to stifle democracy and dissent. The notification for the delayed Parliament Session blandly announces there will be no Question Hour. How can this be justified in the name of keeping us safe? Questioning the government is the oxygen of parliamentary democracy. This government seeks to reduce Parliament to a noticeboard and uses its crushing majority as a rubber-stamp for whatever it wants to pass. The one mechanism to promote accountability has now been done away with.”

The Congress additionally criticised the choice on its official Twitter deal with. It mentioned:

DMK MP Kanimozhi mentioned, “The BJP government’s decision to suspend the Question Hour for an entire session conveys just one message – ‘Even elected representatives have no right to question the government’.”

Meanwhile, PTI quoted sources as saying that the federal government has reached out to the Opposition, sharing its compulsions to not maintain the Question Hour in the wake of the pandemic.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has referred to as up a number of opposition leaders, together with Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, chief of Congress in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Biju Janata Dal’s Pinaki Misra and O’Brien.

Other adjustments in process

Apart from the suspension of Question Hour, different modification in parliamentary procedures have additionally been launched on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. There will likely be no breaks through the session, and each Houses will operate on Saturdays and Sundays as properly, they mentioned.

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the session will likely be held in two shifts — 9 am to 1 pm and three pm to 7 pm.

Except for the primary day, the Rajya Sabha will sit in the morning shift and the Lok Sabha will sit in the night, in accordance to the notifications.

With inputs from PTI

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