Kohima, February 17: Opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) appears to have missed an opportunity to corner the Government on various issues of public importance by failing to put up questions during the ongoing Budget Session 2021-22.
The NPF had earlier boycotted the one-day 6th session of the Assembly held on August 13, 2020 citing that it was convened for mere fulfillment of constitutional obligation. They had accused the NLA Speaker of not accepting their request to have a 3-day session. The NPF had claimed of filing 29 questions to be answered during the 6th session of the 13th Assembly but only 12 questions were accepted by the Assembly Secretariat.
The Budget 2021-22 session started on February 12 and will go on till February 20 with 6 working days. The first day of the session saw the Governor’s customary address to the legislators.
The second day of the session and first day of the question hour on February 15 lasted 30 minutes only as NPF had put forth only 3 questions while on February 16 there were just 4 questions and the question hour lasting for about 23 minutes only.
With the question hour ending earlier than scheduled, Speaker Sharingain Longkumer has been utilizing the remaining time for other business of the House with the consent of the members.
Sources said the Opposition NPF has submitted less than 20 questions, which includes about 10 starred and 10 unstarred questions for this session.
Question Hour is the first hour of a sitting session devoted to questions that members raise about any aspect of administrative activity. The concerned Minister is obliged to answer to the House, either orally or in writing, depending on the type of question raised. (Page News Service)