The Union Budget for the year 2023, which is set to be presented by the Finance Minister on January 31, is likely to see some significant changes in the format and schedule of the proceedings in the Parliament. According to reports, the government has decided to do away with the Zero Hour and Question Hour sessions on January 31 and February 1, in order to ensure smooth presentation of the budget and its discussion.
The Zero Hour is a session that takes place immediately after the Question Hour, during which Members of Parliament (MPs) can raise issues of urgent public importance and seek clarification from the government. The Question Hour, on the other hand, is a session during which MPs can ask questions related to the functioning of various government departments and seek answers from the ministers concerned.
The decision to do away with these sessions has been taken in order to ensure that the budget presentation and discussion do not get disrupted by other matters. It will allow for a more focused and structured debate on the budget and its provisions, and will also ensure that the budget is passed on time.
This is not the first time that such a decision has been taken, in the past also the Zero Hour and Question Hour have been suspended during the budget session to ensure smooth proceedings. This move by the government is seen as a measure to ensure that the budget presentation and discussion are not disrupted by other matters and to allow for a more focused and structured debate on the budget and its provisions.
The budget session of the Parliament is considered to be one of the most important sessions of the year, as it sets the tone for the government’s economic policies and priorities for the coming year. The Union Budget is an opportunity for the government to present its plans for boosting economic growth, creating jobs, and addressing key social and development issues.
The budget is also closely watched by the industry, business and the common people as it sets the direction of the economy and lays the foundation for economic growth and development. The budget proposal is evaluated and studied by experts and analysts, who give their perspective on the budget, its impact on various sectors and how it is likely to shape the future of the economy.
It will be interesting to see how the budget is received by the Members of the Parliament and how it is likely to shape the country’s economy in the coming year. With the absence of the Zero Hour and Question Hour, the focus will be solely on the budget and its provisions, which is a positive step towards creating a structured and focused discussion on the budget and its impact on the country.