Want your question to be raised in Parliament? Try this website

| November 21 , 2017 , 16:59 IST

Parliament will become more responsive to citizen’s needs, if citizens engage with it: This is the motto with which https://parliamentaryquestions.github.io came into effect. This website crowdsources questions from citizens, NGO’s and other stakeholders and then uploads them to a database that can then be accessed by Members of Parliament and/or their legislative assistants. This would be a symbiotic link between the policymakers and the stakeholders.

The website uses Google docs to take the questions and the details of the Members of parliament/legislative assistants.

Since the questions submitted in Parliament follow a particular format, the website also helps you to frame your questions.

The website describes its raison d’etre :Given their busy schedules, MPs rarely have the time to research and frame these questions themselves. Typically, these questions are hastily framed by the MP’s research assistant or PA. Therefore, these questions are not always able to actualize the impact they can create. The reality is that these questions can be used a lot more effectively if they were framed by NGOs, activists and organizations that have in depth understanding of specific sectors and social issues. Therefore, we invite you to ask questions on our platform.

How it works: All the questions submitted through the form will be uploaded onto a database that would be accessed by MPs, MPs’ personal/research assistants. Depending on the feasibility and appeal of these questions, specific questions will be selected by them. These questions may be edited or tweaked by the MP’s researcher depending upon his or her discretion. Furtheron, these questions will then be submitted to the Parliament. If your question is selected by the MP’s assistant you will receive a confirmation email from him/her. In addition, you will receive an email when the question is submitted to the parliament and another one regarding the status of the question after the Parliamentary ballot.

Such platforms will definitely help augment public participation in public policy making