Monsoon Session: Central Government Decides To Scrap Question Hour

The decision was taken considering the safety of the parliamentary members.

Neel Raju Nalawade

September 3, 2020

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During the recent monsoon session, the government has decided to scrap ‘question hour’ however it has agreed to a ‘zero hour’ which allows parties to vent their views on political events and allows submission of adjournment notices. This move of the Modi government was severely criticised by the opposition and many of them referred to this as an end to democracy. Parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi said the decision to scrap the question hour has been taken with the consent of the opposition parties.

Further, he said that this decision was taken by considering the safety of the parliamentary members as a large number of officials would be present during the question hour and it would become difficult to maintain social distancing in the officials’ gallery. Many political leaders took on social media to show their grievances.

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