The Hush Post: On Tuesday, it was a matter of pride for parliamentarians. After a gap of 15 years, all listed questions were answered and all the zero-hour and special-mentions by the members were completed in the Rajya Sabha . If both Houses of parliament choose to conduct themselves in this manner during sessions, it would be a great service to the nation for which they are elected by a voluminous process. “The Rajya Sabha today [Tuesday] made history,” Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu said as the members thumped their desks. “Your cooperation is good, so my operation was very smooth… that’s why the House was able to set this record,” said Naidu. It was in 2002 during the 197th Session of the House that all the listed Starred Questions were last taken up during the Question Hour. The Zero Hour allows freedom to members irrespective of party affiliations to ask questions of public importance that need immediate attention and seek immediate answers. Members wishing to raise matters during the “Zero Hour” need to give notice to the Speaker prior to the start of the daily session.
Naidu rebuked the members for skipping the session saying many man-hours are dedicated to preparing the replies. Many members missed the morning session because of flights delays caused by very low visibility as fog covered Delhi.
On Tuesday, at least six members who had posed the question were not present. Even in their absence, Naidu allowed the members to ask supplementary questions. Normally, four or five among the top-listed half a dozen questions are taken up in the House and Members whose questions are listed below choose not to be present.