252nd Rajya Sabha Session: No Question Hour or Private Members’ Business to take place

Kriti Mishra

Parliament of India

Parliament of India

Two Hundred and Fifty-Second Session of the Rajya Sabha will commence on Monday, the 14th of September, 2020. In view of the present situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chairman of Rajya Sabha has made certain exceptions in the procedure. There will be no Question Hour and Private Members’ Business during the Session.

The summons for the session commencing on September 14 has been issued through e-mail only. Unless otherwise notified, the time of sittings of the Rajya Sabha during the 252nd Session will be from 9.00 A.M. to 1.00 P.M, except on 14th September 2020, the first day of the session when the House will meet from 3.00 P.M. to 7.00 P.M. There will be no Question Hour and Private Members’ Business during the Session.

A Member who wishes to raise a matter of urgent public importance on a particular day, should give notice of his or her intention to the Chairman after 12 noon till 08.00 pm on the previous day and should indicate in the notice, a synopsis of the matter that he or she wishes to raise, justifying therein its urgency and importance.

The admitted matters may be raised immediately after the laying of papers and conclusion of other business of formal nature during the first half an hour of a sitting. No Member shall be allowed to make more than one submission as ‘Matter Raised With Permission’ in a week.

Not more than two notices of Calling Attention may be given by a Member for one sitting. A Member who initiates a Calling Attention should not take more than 7 minutes and other Members who are called by the Chairman should not take more than 5 minutes each and should restrict themselves strictly to seeking clarifications on the Calling Attention.

For Special Mentions, notice should be accompanied by a text of the matter to be mentioned not exceeding 250 words. A Member should not give more than two such notices for one sitting.

In view of the present circumstances due to COVID-19 pandemic, members have been requested to submit the notices required by the Rules only through the e-Notices Portal, as far as possible, to avoid physical handling of papers and visits to Notice Office. the existing practice of receiving notices in physical forms in the Notice Office will continue. Members are informed that as per established practice notices given or transmitted by them by FAX are not admissible and, therefore, shall not be entertained by the Secretariat.