Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha speaker Brij Behari Butail on Saturday said introducing zero hour in assembly “will not be very beneficial”.
Himachal Lokhit Party chief Maheshwar Singh had suggested to the speaker that zero hour should be introduced in the assembly on the lines of the Lok Sabha, so that legislators could get “more time for discussion and raising issues of public importance”.
“The idea of introducing zero hour is not very beneficial. The assembly will consult the government over introducing zero hour in the Vidhan Sabha, Butail said here on Saturday.
He added that the Vidhan Sabha had already responded to the other two demands of Maheshwar. “We have installed earphones to facilitate the legislators, and also heeded to the demand for holding an all-party meeting for the smooth conduct of the session,” he said.
Butail said crucial time was wasted due to disruptions in the house. “During the session, all members of
the house should get time to speak their point of view and the MLAs should keep in mind the limited time for question hour,” said Butail.
“The budget session is important for all. It is the duty of all the elected members that the house does
its business in a conducive atmosphere,” he said, adding that the budget for the coming year would be tabled by chief minister Virbhadra Singh, who also holds the finance portfolio, on February 7, and would
be passed on February 19.
“The session will have 15 sittings. The session, starting on February 3, will come to an end on February 21,” he added.
Two private members' days have been fixed, and 389 starred questions of the members of the house will be asked during the question hour, while 59 unstarred questions have been listed. He said the Vidhan Sabha secretariat has fixed February 5 as the deadline for receiving questions.
The 27th report of the Lokayukta and the 2012-13 report of the Comptroller and Auditor General will also be tabled in the house, for which the Cabinet gave its nod on Friday.