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    Question Hour is the first hour of a sitting session of India's Lok Sabha devoted to questions that Members of Parliament raise about any aspect of administrative activity. The concerned Minister is obliged to answer to the Parliament, either orally or in writing, depending on the type of question raised. Questions are one of the ways Parliament can hold the Executive accountable.


    1 Types of question 2 Recent changes

    3 Question hour in other legislatures

    4 Notable Events 4.1 Mundhra scandal

    4.2 Puducherry licence scandal

    5 See also 6 External links 7 References

    Types of question[edit]

    There are four types of question—Starred, non-starred, short notice question and questions to private members.

    1) Starred Questions are those for which an oral answer is expected. The member is allowed to as after the reply is obtained from the Minister concerned. Answer to such question may be followed by supplementary questions by member.

    These questions are printed in green colour and are marked with asterisk sign '*', in order to distinguish from other questions.

    2) Non-starred questions are those for which a written reply is expected. After the reply has been provided, no supplementary question can be asked. A notice period is to be given to the minister to reply to a question.

    These questions are printed in white colour and not more than 230 questions can be listed for a day in lok sabha.

    3)Short notice questions are those which are asked on matters of urgent public importance and thus, can be asked on a shorter notice i.e. less than 10 days. These questions can be answered orally and supplementary questions can be asked.

    These questions are printed in light pink colour.

    4) Questions to private members are those which are asked to members who are not ministers. These questions are related to private member's bills, parliamentary committees, private member resolutions.

    These questions are printed in Yellow colour.

    However, if a Member seeks to ask a question urgently and cannot wait for the duration of the notice period, then the member can do so provided it is accepted by the Speaker. Such questions are called supplementary questions.

    Recent changes[edit]

    The following procedural changes have been in force since the 5th session of the 15th Lok Sabha:[1]

    A 15-day notice period is now to be given to the minister to respond to a question in Parliament (concept of minimum and maximum notice duration has been removed). The notice duration used to be a minimum of 10 days or maximum of 21 days.

    The Speaker now has the authority to direct answers to a starred question asked by a member in case of his or her absence on the day their name was called.

    A member is now required to make a statement in the House correcting the reply given by him or her earlier, irrespective of whether the reply given pertained to a starred or unstarred or a short notice question.

    The maximum questions, starred or unstarred, a member is now entitled to give is 10 per day.

    Question hour in other legislatures[edit]

    This sort of a process where elected representatives ask questions that are replied by the Prime Minister or other government ministers is part of parliamentary tradition in many other countries. The Question Hour in the Indian Parliament is similar to the Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, the First Minister's Questions in the Scottish Parliament and Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament, and the Question Period in the House of Commons of Canada.

    Notable Events[edit]

    Mundhra scandal[edit]

    India's very first major financial scam was brought to light during the 2nd Lok Sabha when Feroze Gandhi questioned the finance ministry regarding government owned Life Insurance Corporation's unauthorised investment into Haridas Mundhra's companies. It eventually resulted in the resignation of the then finance Minister T. T. Krishnamachari.

    Puducherry licence scandal[edit]

    In 1974, during the 5th Lok Sabha, a licence scandal was unearthed during question hour. A memorandum allegedly signed by 21 MPs were submitted by traders of Puducherry to the Union Commerce Ministry to grant licenses for importing various items. The signatures were forged on the behest of Indira Gandhi's key aide, Lalit Narain Mishra.[2][3]

    See also[edit]

    Interpellation (politics)

    External links[edit]

    Introduction to Question Hour in Lok Sabha


    ^ Shujaat Bukhari (21 June 2010). "Question Hour disruption a blow to accountability: Meira Kumar". . Archived from the original on 1 July 2010. Retrieved 13 October 2011.^ Gulam Jeelani (3 September 2020). "From the Mundhra Scandal to the license scam, how Question Hour held the government accountable". Moneycontrol. Retrieved 14 November 2022.^ "Inquiry Ordered in Indian Scandal". New York Times. 15 September 1974. p. 17. Retrieved 14 November 2022.

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    What are the types of questions asked in the question hour?

    The first hour of every parliamentary sitting is slotted for question hour. During this time, the members ask questions and the ministers usually give answers. The questions are of three kinds, namely,

    Starred question – It is distinguished by an asterisk. It requires an oral answer, and hence supplementary questions can follow.Unstarred question – It requires a written answer, and hence supplementary questions cannot follow.Short notice question – It is one that is asked by giving a notice of less than ten days. It is answered orally.

    Questions to private members

    In addition to the ministers, the questions can also be asked to the private members.

    Thus, a question may be addressed to a private member if the subject matter of the question relates to some bill, resolution or other matter connected with the business of the House for which that member is responsible.

    The procedure in regard to such question is the same as that followed in the case of questions addressed to a minister.

    Colour Codes of Questions

    To distinguish between the different types of questions, colour codes are followed while printing the questions, which is listed as follows:

    Type of question Colour 

    Starred question Green Unstarred question White

    Short notice questions

    Light Pink

    Questions to private members

    Yellow Further Reading:

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    [Home] Questions Types of Questions



    Starred Questions :

    These are Questions to which answers are desired to be given orally on the floor of the House during the Question Hour. These are distinguished in the printed lists by asterisks. 15 such questions are listed each day.

    Unstarred Questions:

    These are Questions to which written answers are given by Ministers which are deemed to have been laid on the Table of the House at the end of the Question Hour. Upto 160 such questions are listed each day in a separate list.

    Short Notice Questions:

    Such questions can be asked orally in the House after the Question Hour or as the first item in the agenda where there is no Question Hour at a notice shorter than that prescribed for Starred and Unstarred Questions. These must relate to a subject-matter considered by the Chairman to be of urgent public importance.

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