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Mahua Moitra at Lok Sabha on Thursday.

The government has written to the Rajya Sabha Secretariat to ban an MP’s Provisionally Accepted Question (PAQ) in the Upper House on ‘India’s position in the Democracy Index’, seeking the reason why the India slipped to 53rd position in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy. Index, The Indian Express has learned.

The question, which was due to be answered on February 10, was posed by TMC MP Shanta Chhetri.

She wanted the External Affairs Minister to cite the reasons for India’s fall to 53rd position in the EIU’s Democracy Index, if the government was aware that it was reflecting India in a bad light and if the government had taken steps to improve India’s ranking.

Government has ‘never deliberately’ delayed judicial appointments: Rijiju

The government has “never deliberately” delayed judicial appointments, but rather exercised “due diligence” to ensure that only those who are suitable for the positions are retained, the justice minister said and of Union Justice, Kiren Rijiju, to the Rajya Sabha. Thursday.

Rijiju also said he pushed the Supreme Court and High Court panels to give preference to women and those from backward classes while recommending names for the appointment of judges.

“The government, on its own, has not deliberately delayed any nomination file. The government must exercise due diligence when appointing judges, because when appointing judges, we must ensure that he is fit to be a judge in court. Its very important. And then all the cases that come to us after that have to go through a process. Some of the names belong to the Collegium of the Supreme Court. Some of the names are with the government at different stages and it is a well established process according to procedural protocol. And we are not taking any delay on our part just because we don’t want to pass judgment on our own, but only to deal with the issue of appointing only qualified judges,” Rijiju said.