Budget Day: Parliament would not hold Zero, Question Hour on 31st of Jan, Feb 1

New Delhi: During the first two days of the Budget Session, there will be no Zero Hour or Question Hour in both Houses of Parliament.

On January 31, President Ram Nath Kovind will address both Houses in the Central Hall, kicking off the Budget Session of Parliament. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will release the Union budget for the fiscal year 2022-23 on February 1. There will be no Zero and Question Hour for both Houses due to the events of these two days.

According to a Friday Parliamentary report, "On January 31 and February 1, 2022, there will be no 'Zero Hour.' Members are advised that due to the President's address, there will be no 'Zero Hour' on January 31 and February 1, 2022, during the first two days of the 8th session of the 17th Lok Sabha."

It is also included in the advisory "Members are advised that critical public problems presented during 'Zero Hour' will be addressed beginning February 2, 2022. Members may, however, table notices on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, between 10:00 a.m. and 18:00 a.m., either online through the e-portal or manually in the Parliamentary Notice Office, to raise topics of urgent public importance during 'Zero Hour' on Wednesday, February 2, 2022."

Question Hour and Zero Hour are held every day for 60 minutes, according to Parliamentary Rules and Procedures. Question Hour is held at the commencement of the day's activities in the Lok Sabha, from 11 a.m. to noon, and is followed by Zero Hour. Zero Hour begins at 11 a.m. in the Rajya Sabha, followed by Question Hour at 12 p.m.

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