Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari on 14 November 2014 decided to shift question hour in Rajya Sabha from 11 A.M. to 12 noon from the upcoming Winter Session.
The move aimed to ensure disruption-free proceedings during this segment.
Question Hour in Rajya Sabha will be between 12 PM and 1 PM instead of 11 AM and 12. Accordingly, the Zero Hour will be between 11 AM and 12 PM, marking the start of a day's proceedings. The Zero Hour is a period during which Member of Parliament (MPs) get chance to raise matters of public importance that need immediate attention of the government.
Rajya Sabha Secretariat has issued the notification to this effect and it has been communicated to all Ministries.
Question Hour, which marks the beginning of a day's proceedings of a House of Parliament, is often witness to disruptions by members who want to raise issues.
Normally, no issues can be raised during the Question Hour except those related to the questions listed for the day. Other issues can be raised during the Zero Hour.
In 2011, the Question Hour in Rajya Sabha was shifted for a few days to 2-3 PM so that the House could function normally in the first half. But, it was subsequently discontinued and the Question Hour switched back to its usual timing of 11 am.
When: 14 November 2014
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