Is Parliament’s questions system broken? — Here’s how to fix it!

Percentage of Starred Questions to total Questions Admitted
Z-scores and P-values
  1. Reduce the number of questions each MP can ask so that they only raise relevant questions instead of trying to boost their question asking statistics. This would also allow for all questions to be answered by the ministries instead of holding a lottery to decide what’s answered.
  2. Stop maintaining a list of questions with the MPs names. Only the questions should be listed, not who asked them. This would also allow for MPs to ask more relevant questions that they truly want answers to. The questions wouldn’t contribute to their statistics or hamper their relations with any party that the question might adversely affect.
  3. Every MP should be given priority to ask least one starred question that will be orally answered on a rotational basis. The ballot can decide on which MPs ask the question in which order.
  4. A platform should be created where MPs and citizens can post questions and then citizens can upvote those questions. The questions with a certain number of upvotes should be taken up on a priority basis and compulsorily answered.
  5. The platform can be extended to debates, where the parliament takes up debates on any topic that is upvoted by a certain threshold of people. This keeps the government directly accountable to the people, which was always the true purpose of these tools.

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Author — The Art of Conjuring Alternate Realities, HarperCollins | How to Win an Indian Election, Penguin | Schwarzman Scholar ’22 | LAMP Fellow ’16 |

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Shivam Shankar Singh

Shivam Shankar Singh

Author — The Art of Conjuring Alternate Realities, HarperCollins | How to Win an Indian Election, Penguin | Schwarzman Scholar ’22 | LAMP Fellow ’16 |

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