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Be attentive while replying queries, Speaker to ministers

Update : 29 Feb 2016, 02:41 PM

Speaker of the Parliament Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury has asked the ministers to be more careful and attentive in answering questions asked by the other lawmakers.

She came up with ruling at the beginning of Monday's parliament session, saying that the home minister had violated the parliament’s rules of procedure by not attending a lawmaker's question asked in November last year.

The lawmaker in question, Awami League leader and former information minister Abul Kalam Azad, in an unscheduled discussion on February 16 said he placed a question at parliament several times, but the minister did not answer it.

Shirin said: “The honourable lawmaker raised the question on November 19 last year and the question was moved to another day, but the parliament session expired before that day. The question was placed again on February 2 but was moved again to February 16. On February 16, the question should have been answered, or a request to move to a a later date should have been made. But the Home Ministry did neither. It's a violation of the rules of procedure of the parliament.”

She also said if any minister does not prepare for answering any question, then the question can be shifted to the next day. “So all the ministries should be more careful and attentive in answering the questions, as per the rules.”

In the ninth parliament, the highest numbers of questions were moved to later dates by the Home and Foreign Ministries. Most of those questions were related to killings, abduction, extra-judicial killings and border killings.

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