New Delhi, Aug 5 (PTI) Miffed at their Zero Hour demands being ignored, members today demanded setting up of a special committee of Parliament to look into action taken by the government on issues raised by them.
Jaiprakash Agarwal (Cong) said in the Lok Sabha, “I wonder whether anyone takes notice of issues we raise during the Zero Hour. I have never received a single phone call or a letter from the government on issues raised by me during Zero Hour” .
He found ready support from Arjun Ram Meghwal (BJP), Panna Lal Punia and Chaudhary Lal Singh both (Cong) and Shailendra Kumar (SP).
Inder Singh Namdhari, who was in the Chair, suggested that the leaders of political parties like Kumar and Dara Singh Chauhan (BSP) should raise the matter at the meetings of the Business Advisory Committee.
Citing the example of Jharkhand, where he was Speaker of the Assembly, Namdhari said the leaders should suggest setting up of a Zero Hour Committee to look into matters of urgent public importance raised by members under Rule 377.
Meghwal, Lal Singh and Bishnupada Ray (BJP), who raised issues pertaining to their constituencies, also demanded setting up of a Zero Hour Committee.
“If nobody takes cognizance of issues mentioned during Zero Hour and impression would be created that whatever is said in Parliament is not taken seriously. This will lead to creation of more people like Anna Hazare,” Ray said.
Agarwal said members raise very important issues related to their constituencies hoping the government would address them. He also had a dig at ministers saying that till such times they are members they are very friendly with their colleagues but “once they become ministers they forget us”.
Chauhan assured the Chair that he would take up the issue of Zero Hour Committee at the meeting of the Business Advisory Committee.