MPs’ report card

MPs’ report card

The month-long winter session of Parliament, which concluded on 22 December has, analysts say, witnessed “diminishing interest" in debates as well as in question hour, considered to be the essence of democracy.

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The absence of members of Parliament (MPs) who posed questions forced the Lok Sabha to wind up its one-hour-long question hour in 25 minutes on 30 November.

The recurring absence of MPs in the question hour has forced the Rajya Sabha to amend its rules to ensure that no starred question goes unanswered irrespective of the presence of the members.

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