Who Actually Switches On And Off Mics In Parliament And How Is It Done

Staffers of the Lok Sabha Secretariat in the case of the Lower House and Rajya Sabha Secretariat staffers actually switch on and off mics in Parliament in a chamber that has an electronic board with all the seat numbers.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has alleged that microphones in Parliament are switched off and his voice silenced. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, on Wednesday wrote to Speaker Om Birla, alleging that his microphone had been muted for three days.

Their allegations have brought to the fore a question: Who actually turns on or off the microphones of Members of Parliament? And what are the protocols?

Every Member of Parliament has a designated seat. The microphones are attached to the desks and have a number.

There is a chamber in both Houses of Parliament where sound technicians sit. They are the group of staff who transcribe and record the proceedings of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.

The chamber has an electronic board with all the seat numbers. Microphones can be switched on or off from there. The chamber has a glass facade and they see the Chair and the MPs speaking, and the overall House proceedings.

It is manned by staffers of the Lok Sabha Secretariat in case of the Lower House, and by Rajya Sabha Secretariat staffers in case of the Upper House.

India’s Minister of State for Finance, Bhagwat Karad, informed parliament that the rupee was closer to replacing the dollar as 18 nations agreed to trade in INR.

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