A Question is one of the devices available to a Member of Parliament to seek information on matter of public importance concerning subjects detail with by the Ministries and Departments and to force on the omissions and commissions of the government.
2.TYPES OF QUESTIONS:-
There are three type of Question:-
(a) STARRED QUESTIONS Started questions are required to be answered orally by the concerned Minister. These Questions are distinguished by an asterisk (*) mark. Members of Parliament have the option to raise the Supplementary Questions based on the replies to the started Questions. These Questions for which a notice period of minimum 10 days and maximum 21 days has been prescribed are asked during the question Hour on the fixed days allotted to the Ministry/Department. Started Questions from Lok Sabha are printed on green paper and those of Rajya Sabha questions on pink paper.
(b) UNSTARTED QUESTION: Un-started Questions do not carry asterisk (*) mark and only a written answer is given. The notice period is the same as that for the started Questions and these are also asked on the allotted days of the Department/Ministry during Question Hour. Lok Sabha Unstated Questions are printed during Question hour. Lok Sabha Unstated Questions are printed on white paper and those of Rajya Sabha on yellow paper. The replies to the Unstated Questions are laid on the Table of the House.
(c) SHORT NOTICE QUESTIONS: Short Notice Questions relate to a matter of urgent public importance and can be asked with a notice shorter than 10 days. These Questions are answered orally by the Minister concerned and Supplementary Questions can also be asked. However, a Short Notice Question can be asked only with the concurrence of the Minister. The Short Notice questions from Lok Sabha are printed on pinky white paper and those of Rajya Sabha on white paper.