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‘Dip in quality of questions raised’

mumbai Updated: Apr 21, 2012 02:20 IST
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Dilip Walse-Patil, Speaker of the legislative assembly, slammed legislators for deterioration in quality of questions raised on the floor of the house.

“The quality of questions raised in the house has fallen,” Walse-Patil said in his concluding address to the legislators. “Please don't ask questions picked up from newspaper reports. It would be better if members did some independent research. There is need for introspection,” he added.

He also announced setting up of a probe committee, which includes CID officials and legislators, to probe the issue of fake questions and calling-attention motions.

“Many legislators have complained that questions and calling-attention motions asked in their name, have not be submitted by them. Then who is signing for whom in this house,” he asked.

A similar probe has been announced in the council over forgery of questions by legislators.

Pointing to the overall work done in the Assembly, he said that 11,605 questions had been admitted, but only 8,019 were found fit to be admitted.

Of these only 132 were discussed. Similarly, members had submitted 3,732 calling-attention motions, of which only 182 were admitted and 51 were discussed. He said that there was scope for asking 10,000 serious questions.

On an average, the House worked for seven-and-half hours, totalling 182 hours over five weeks.