Rajya Sabha creates record

Rajya Sabha creates record

Rajya Sabha creates record

Rajya Sabha created a record of sorts on the first working day of the New Year on Tuesday when it managed to take up all the 15 questions during the Question Hour and during the Zero Hour, 18 MPs getting time to raise issues.

The completion, aided by the absence of six MPs whose questions were selected, of all the listed questions during the Question Hour is a first in the past 15 years.

An MP whose question has been selected can ask two supplementary questions on the basis of the written answer, while the Chairman can allow up to three supplementary questions by other MPs.

The last time  all the listed questions were taken up was in 2002 during the 197th Session of the Upper House. This was made possible as 10 of the 20 MPs in whose questions were listed were absent from the House.

Though all questions were taken up, Naidu adjourned the morning session saying, "surprisingly, five or six members who have their questions today did not turn up in the House. They have the liberty. I don't question them. At the same time, we have a responsibility. If you file a question, so much time, energy and also resources are spent. Not coming to the House is not a good practice. Keep that in mind."

Just before the beginning of the Question Hour, 18 members had managed to raise issues of public importance.

Naidu complimented the MPs saying his "operation depends on your cooperation" and "since your cooperation was good, my operation was very smooth. That is why the House was able to set this record."

Expressing hope he said, "if we are able to take up our Legislative Business regularly, without wasting time and sticking on to the schedule, we will be able to give opportunity to some more people also."

He also requested the ministers to take note of the issues raised during the Zero Hour and respond to them.

"Regarding Special Mentions and Zero Hour notices, the ministers, after the House is adjourned, at the earliest time, should go through it and then send the replies to the MPs. That will really enhance the productivity of the House. I hope everybody will do it."

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