From raising over 3-yr-old major issues , Tripura MLAs restrained

From raising over 3-yr-old major issues , Tripura MLAs restrained

Agartala: In a move to streamline proceedings in the Tripura Legislative Assembly, a nine-member Rules Committee adopted two amendments to the Rules and Conduct of Business.
One of the amendments prevents lawmakers from asking questions on issues that are more than three years old.
A question paper submitted to the Speaker before the commencement of any session also blocks questions from various departments.
Speaking on the issue, Tripura Legislative Assembly Speaker Biswa Bandhu Sen said, “All the nine members of the committee comprising two MLAs from opposition parties TIPRA Motha and CPIM and members of the treasury bench agreed. formally approve the amendments that will come to it. Force it very soon.”

Stating that the rules were amended following the footsteps of the Parliament, Sen said, “The Business in Tripura Legislative Assembly is conducted following the model that is in practice at the Parliament.

We came to know that in Parliament, no member can submit questions related to issues that occurred more than three years back”.

“This is why, we have decided to bring a copy of the rules and adopt it here. Already, the members of the assembly follow this system but there is no written rule.

From now on, it will be included as a rule in the section 41 of the Rules and Procedures and Conduct of Business,” the Assembly speaker added.

The rule 44, he said, is related submission of questions related to multiple departments in a single written paper.

“It hampers the Business of the House. For instance, if one question paper contains three questions related to three departments then three ministers have to respond for one question and subsequently the supplementary question-answer session gets lengthy. This is why this rule needs to be amended,” Sen added.


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