The monsoon session of the Parliament concluded on Tuesday with concerns over loss of five days of work on account of disruptions, and the importance of Question Hour getting diminished.
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar used her valedictory remarks at the end of the month-long session to disapprove the ‘mock Parliament’ held by some parties noting that "let informed debates take place inside the chamber at all time instead of slogans and mock discussions."
Striking a similar note, Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari lamented, "the practice (of frequent disruptions) tramples on the rights of individual Members, detracts from the dignity of Parliament, and has invited public criticism."
Parliament is meant for debates and discussions, Kumar said, adding "the trend of disrupting the proceedings days on end is alarming and if not checked, will ultimately lead to unforeseen consequences."
"It may be noted that while the other time lost is compensated by sitting beyond the normal hours, it is only the Question Hour which is irretrievably lost in disruptions," Ansari said.
While the Lok Sabha lost 45 hours due to interruptions and forced adjournments, the Rajya Sabha could not transact any business on five days and there were several disruptions and adjournments as a result of which eight question hours were lost, the presiding officers said.