New Delhi: After facing a massive backlash from the Opposition members, the Central government on Thursday evening approved the Question Hour of 30 minutes duration in the soon to resume Monsoon Session of Parliament, news agency ANI reported.
Through an official statement, the Centre declared that only unstarred questions would be taken up during the Monsoon Session. The Central government, keeping the coronavirus pandemic situation in mind, was planning on scrapping the Question Hour in the Monsoon Session. However, Zero Hour and other proceedings were decided to be continued as per schedule.
The Question Hour is crucial as it is the first hour in the House during the session and lets members of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha question the Central government. The Monsoon Session of Parliament is all set to resume from September 14 till October 1.
This Wednesday, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi had clarified that the government is not attempting to avoid any debates and is ready to address any issue or topic raised in the House.
“We are not running away from any debate and is ready to discuss any issue or topic which will be decided in the Business Advisory Committee,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said. He further clarified through his statement that all Opposition parties knew and most of them initially consented the move that received heavy criticism later on.