Parliament Session: Even though the technician has the control to turn on and off the mike, it is not that it is his wish here. There is a set procedure for switching on and off the microphone during the proceedings of the Parliament.
Who turns on and off the mike in the House?
Rahul Gandhi abroad and opposition leaders like Mahua Moitra and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary in the country… questions on the proceedings of the House, allegations on the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Controversy has arisen after the opposition MPs alleged that the mike was switched off. Due to the uproar, the budget session of the Parliament is getting badly affected. The opposition alleges that their voice is being suppressed in the House. Democracy is under attack.
TMC MP Mahua Moitra even accused the Lok Sabha Speaker of leading from the front. He alleged that the speaker turns off the mike of the opposition leaders. At the same time, Chaudhary also wrote a letter saying that his mike was muted for 3 days.
Now the question is, does the Speaker of the Lok Sabha really have the switch to turn on and off the mike of the leaders? Let us know what is the process of turning on and off the mike in the Parliament and who has this right?
Seats are fixed in both houses of the Parliament
There are two houses in the Parliament – Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. A fixed seat is fixed for each member of both the houses. Their microphones are attached to this seat and they also have a special number. There is a chamber in both the houses of the Parliament, where the sound technicians sit. These include those employees who transcribe and record the proceedings of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
Action is controlled by a special chamber
There is a special chamber in both the houses. It is operated by the staff of the Lok Sabha Secretariat in the case of the Lower House and the staff of the Rajya Sabha Secretariat in the case of the Upper House. An electronic board is fitted in this chamber. The seat numbers of all the members of the house are written on that board. This is where the microphones attached to those seats are switched on and off.
There is a transparent glass in the front part of this chamber, from where the technicians watch the proceedings of the house. They have the responsibility of manually turning off and on the microphone.
So does the technician’s will work?
Even though the technician has the control to turn the mic off and on, it is not as if it is his wish here. According to India Today’s report, there is a set procedure for switching on and off the microphone during the proceedings of the Parliament. Often, during the proceedings of the Parliament, you must have seen and heard the Speaker or the Chairman giving such warnings, in which he tells the members that please do not make noise or ruckus, be silent, otherwise the mike will have to be switched off.
Only the Speaker of the House has this right that he can give instructions to turn on or off the microphone. However, there are fixed rules for this too. This is done only when the members of the House are obstructing the proceedings of the House, the functioning of the Parliament is being affected by the uproar and uproar. In this situation, the Chairman or the Speaker can instruct to switch off the microphone of the member creating ruckus.
Time limit in zero hour, mike shuts off automatically
There are different rules for turning off the mike during zero hour. Experts say that during the zero hour each member of the House is given three minutes to speak. As soon as the three minutes are up, the mic turns itself off. However, during the debate, the mike can be turned on on the instructions or permission of the Chairman or Speaker.
At the same time, whenever it is not the turn of a member to speak during the proceedings, his mike can be switched off. In special cases, MPs have a limit of 250 words to read. The mic switches on while reading and turns off after the limit is reached.
Why is the noise heard even though the mic is off?
During the proceedings of the Parliament, especially at the time of uproar, you must have seen that even after turning off the mike, the voice of the members is coming. And even when it is not the turn of MPs to speak, we still hear the voices of others when it is their turn. How is it so?
Experts say that during disruptions, since the leaders of the opposition are standing up and making ruckus and many times they also gather. In such a situation, his loud voice reaches us through the microphone of those members present in the House, whose mike remains on. We hear this noise like a sound coming from far away.