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On Tuesday, The Indian Express reported how a question by Congress MP K C Venugopal in Rajya Sabha, scheduled to be answered on December 2, was removed from the list of finally admitted questions.

·         In each homes, elective  members appreciate the correct to look info from varied ministries and departments within the sort of asterisked queries, unmarked queries, short notice queries and inquiries to private members.

·         Usually, MPs’ queries kind an extended list, that then undergo a rigorous method of clearance. The acceptability of queries in Rajya Sabha is governed by Rules 47-50 of the principles of Procedure and Conduct of Business within the Council of States.

·         Once a queries that fulfils the conditions of acceptability is received, the Secretariat sends it to the ministry involved.

·         Once the facts are received from the ministry, the question is further examined for admissibility.

·         A final list of questions is circulated to ministers, on the basis of which they frame their answers.

·         In Lok Sabha, once the notice for queries is received, ballots verify priority. Starred, unmarked and short notice queries are entered into software system, separately.

·         Next, the queries are examined for acceptability underneath Rules 41-44 of the principles of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha.

·         For answering the questions, ministries and departments have been divided into five groups (I to V) that have been allotted Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays respectively.

·         The grouping has been tired such how that every minister has one fastened day within the week for respondent queries in Rajya Sabha and another fastened day for respondent queries in Lok Sabha.

What are starred, unstarred and other categories of questions?

·         STARRED QUESTION: The member desires an oral answer from the minister. Such a queries is distinguished by the MP with an asterisk. the solution also can be followed by supplementary queries from members.

·         UNSTARRED QUESTION: The MP seeks a written answer, that is deemed to be laid on the table of the House by the involved minister.

·         SHORT NOTICE QUESTION: These are on an emergent matter of public importance, and an oral answer is sought-after. A notice of but ten days is prescribed because the minimum period for asking such a queries.

·         QUESTION TO PRIVATE MEMBER: a queries may be self-addressed to a personal member underneath Rule forty of Lok Sabha’s Rules of Procedure, or below Rule forty eight of Rajya Sabha’s Rules, as long as the question deals with a topic concerning some Bill, resolution or different matter that that member is accountable.

When are the questions asked?

·         In both Houses, the first hour of every sitting is usually devoted to asking and answering of questions, and this is referred to as the ‘Question Hour’.

·         The total number of questions for any day is limited to 175, including 15 questions for oral answers, questions postponed from one list to another for written answers, and 15 questions pertaining to states under President’s Rule.

What kind of questions can be asked?

·         Their acceptability is ruled by Rules 47-50 (Rajya Sabha) and 41-44 (Lok Sabha).

·         The Rajya Sabha Chairman or the Lok Sabha Speaker has the authority to make a decision whether or not a queries or a part is or isnt admissible  underneath the norms of the House, and refuse any question or a part.

·         In Rajya Sabha, among varied norms, the question “shall be pointed, specific and confined to at least one issue only; it shall not bring in any name or statement not strictly necessary create|to form|to create} the question intelligible; if it contains a press release the member shall make himself chargeable for the accuracy of the statement; it shall not contain arguments, inferences, ironical expressions, imputations, epithets or libellous statements”.

·         In Lok Sabha, questions that are not admitted include: those that are repetitive or have been answered previously; matters that are pending for judgment before any court of law or under consideration before a Parliamentary Committee.

How often are questions disallowed?

·         According to Rajya Sabha data, 833 questions were disallowed during the last Monsoon Session.

·         For comparison, during the 2013-14 Winter Session, Rajya Sabha disallowed 748 questions.


·         Once disallowed, its usually troublesome for members to challenge the choice.