Several opposition parliamentarians questioned the government over the removal of Question Hour on day one of the vital Parliament’s monsoon session proceedings on Monday. Parliamentarians from Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) said that there are several issues like unemployment, NEET exams and national security must have been discussed.
Union defence minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Rajnath Singh appealed to all parliamentarians present on day one of the vital monsoon session in the Lok Sabha to make sure the proceedings went smoothly.
Singh outlined to the parliamentarians that the proceedings are being held under bizarre circumstances because of the coronavirus pandemic. According to news agency ANI, “Leaders of most parties agreed over no Question Hour & Zero Hour for 30 minutes. We apprised you (Speaker) of it following which decision used to be taken by you. I appeal to all members of the House to co-operate as Session is being held in an bizarre situation.”
Few MPs including leader of the Indian National Congress in the House Adhir Ranjan Choudhury were concerned approximately the removal of Question Hour in addition to the limiting of Zero Hour to 30 minutes.
Choudhury said, “Question Hour is the golden hour but you say that it can’t be held because of the circumstances. You conduct the proceedings but unmarried out Question Hour. You are attempting to strangulate democracy.”
NCP MP Supriya Sule said that India isn’t the only country facing the pandemic and discussions on important issues cannot be set aside. She said, “This can be a global scenario & we’re not the only country going through it. But it must be the precedence of govt. I don’t see this govt at the Centre talking extensively either approximately the economy or unemployment challenges. We must put it on precedence.”
The monsoon session is being held keeping in brain that the pandemic continues to have an effect on the nation as it recorded more than a thousand deaths and registered more than 90,000 cases for nearly a week in a row.
Parliamentarians underwent Covid-19 tests, premises were sanitised on a war footing and the Upper House and Lower House proceedings will be held in two shifts.
Opposition party MPs are protesting against the motion to scrap Question Hour and private member bills all through the session. The government looks forward to introducing the motion on October 1.