CHAPTER XVI-PROCEDURE FOR COMMITTEES

(A) General

200. Appointment of Committees of the House - (1) At the commencement of the first session after each general election and thereafter before the commencement of each financial year or from time to time when the occasion otherwise arises, different Committees for specific or general purposes shall either be elected or constituted by the House or nominated by the Speaker:

Provided that no member shall be appointed to a Committee unless he is willing to serve on the Committee.

(2) Casual vacancies in the Committees shall be filled by election or appointment by the House or nomination by the Speaker, as the case may be, and any member elected, appointed or nominated to fill such vacancy shall hold office for the un-expired portion of the term for which the member, in whose place he is elected, appointed or nominated would have held office:

Provided that the proceedings of the Committee shall neither be invalid nor be held up on the ground that casual vacancies have not been filled.

200-A. Objection to membership of a Committee - Where an objection is taken to the inclusion of a member in a Committee on the ground that the member has personal, pecuniary or direct interests of such an intimate character that it may prejudicially affect the consideration of any matters to be considered by the Committee, the procedure shall be as follows-

(a) the member who has taken objection shall precisely state the ground of his objection and the nature of the alleged interest, whether personal, pecuniary or direct, of the proposed member in the matters coming up before the Committee;

(b) after the objection has been stated, the Speaker shall give an opportunity to the member proposed on the Committee against whom the objection has been taken, to state the position;

(c) if there is dispute on facts the Speaker may call upon the member taken objection and the member against whose appointment on the Committee objection has been taken, to produce documentary or other evidence in support of their respective cases;

(d) after the Speaker has considered the evidence so tendered before him, he shall give his decision which shall be final;

(e) until the Speaker has given his decision, the member against whose appointment on the Committee objection has been taken, shall continue to be a member there of if elected or nominated and take part in discussion, but shall not be entitled to vote; and

(f) if the Speaker holds that the member against whose appointment objection has been taken has a personal pecuniary or direct interest in the matter before the Committee he shall cease to be a member thereof forthwith:

Provided that the proceedings of the sitting of the Committee at which such member was present shall not in any way be affected by the decision of the Speaker.

Explanation - For the purposes of this rule the interest of the member should be direct, personal or pecuniary and separately belong to the person whose inclusion in the Committee is objected to and not in common with the public in general or with any class or section thereof or any matter of state policy.

201. Chairman of the Committee - (1) the Chairman of each Committee shall be appointed by the Speaker from amongst members of the Committee:

Provided that if the Deputy Speaker is a member of the Committee, he shall be the ex-officio Chairman of the Committee.

(2) If the Chairman is for any reason unable to act or if the office of Chairman is vacant the Speaker may appoint another Chairman in his place.

(3) If the Chairman of the Committee is absent from any of its sitting, the Committee shall elect another member of the Committee as Chairman for that sitting.

202. Quorum - (1) the quorum to constitute a sitting of any Committee shall, save as otherwise provided in these rules, be not less than one-third of the total number of members of the Committee.

(2) If at any time fixed for any sitting of the Committee or if at any time during such sitting, there is no quorum, the Chairman shall either suspend the sitting until there is a quorum or adjourn the sitting to some future date.

(3) When the Committee has been adjourned in pursuance of sub-rule (2) on two successive dates fixed for sitting of the Committee, the Chairman shall report the fact to the House:

Provided that where a Committee has been appointed by the Speaker, the Chairman shall report the fact of such adjournment to the Speaker.

(4) On such report being made, the House or the Speaker, as the case may be, shall decide the future course of action.

203. Discharge of members absent from sittings of Committees and filling up of their vacancies - (1) If a member is absent from three consecutive sittings of a committee without permission of the Chairman, the membership of such member from the Committee may, after giving him an opportunity to explain, be terminated with the approval of the Speaker and thereupon his office in the Committee may be declared vacant with effect from the date of such approval by the Speaker.

(2) Notwithstanding anything in sub-rule (2) of rule 200, the vacancy under sub-rule (1) may be filled up by nomination of any other member by the Speaker.

Explanation I - For the purposes of calculation of sittings under this rule, sittings arranged out of Lucknow shall not be included.

Explanation II - If a member who arrived at Lucknow to participate in the sitting of a committee, could not participate in the sitting, but makes available to the Secretary on the date of such sitting an intimation in writing of his arrival at Lucknow, then for the purpose of this rule, he shall not be deemed to be absent on that date.

204. Resignation of a member - A member may resign his seat from the Committee by writing under his hand addressed to the Speaker.

205. Term of a Committee - The term of office of members of each of these Committees shall be a financial year:

Provided that the Committees elected or nominated under these rules, shall, unless otherwise specified, hold office until a new Committee is appointed.

206. Voting in the Committee - All questions at any siting of the Committee shall be determined by a majority of votes of the members present and voting. In the case of an equality of votes on any matter, the Chairman shall have a second or casting vote.

207. Power to appoint Sub-Committees - (1) Any of these Committees under these rules may appoint one or more sub committees, each having the powers of the undivided committee, to examine any matters that may be referred to them, and the reports of such sub-committees shall be deemed to be the reports of the whole Committee if they are approved at a sitting of the whole Committee.

(2) The order of reference to a Sub-Committee shall clearly state the matter or matters for investigation. The report of the Sub-Committee shall be considered by the whole Committee.

208. Sitting of the Committee - The meetings of the Committee shall be held on such days and at such hour as the Chairman of the Committee may fix:

Provided that if the Chairman of the Committee is not readily available or if his office is vacant the Secretary may fix the date and time of a sitting.

209. Committee may sit whilst the house is sitting - The Committee may sit whilst the House is sitting:

Provided that on a division being called in the House, the Chairman of the committee shall suspend the proceedings in the Committee for such time as will, in his opinion, enable the members to vote in a division.

210. Venue of Sitting - The sitting of the Committee shall be held in the Vidhan Bhawan, Lucknow, and if it becomes necessary to shift the place of sitting to outside the Vidhan Bhawan, the matter shall be referred to the Speaker whose decision shall be final.

211. Power to take evidence or call for papers, records or documents - (1) A witness may be summoned by an order signed by the Secretary and shall produce such documents as are required for the use of the committee.

(2) It shall be in the discretion of the Committee to treat any evidence tendered before it as secret or confidential.

(3) No document submitted to the Committee shall be withdrawn or altered without the knowledge and approval of the Committee.

(4) The Committee shall have power to take evidence on oath and to require the attendance of persons or the production of papers or records if considered necessary for the discharge of its duties:

Provided that Government may decline to produce a document on the ground that its disclosure would be prejudicial to the interest and safety of the state.

(5) All evidence tendered before the Committee shall be treated as secret and confidential until the presentation of the report of the Committee to the House:

Provided that it shall be in the discretion of the Committee to treat any evidence as secret and confidential in which case it shall not form part of the report.

212. Party or a Witness can appoint a counsel to appear before Committee - A Committee may permit a party to be represented by a Counsel appointed by him and approved by the Committee. Similarly a witness may appear before the Committee accompanied by a counsel appointed by him and approved by the Committee.

213. Procedure for examining witnesses - The examination of witness before the Committee shall be conducted as follows:

    1. The Committee shall, before a witness is called for examination, decide the mode of procedure and the nature of question that may be put to the witness.
    2. The Chairman of the Committee may first put to the witness such question or questions as he may consider necessary with reference to the subject matter or any subject connected therewith according to the procedure mentioned in sub-rule (1) of this rule.
    3. The Chairman may call other members of the Committee one by one to put any other questions:
    4. A witness may be asked to place before the Committee any other relevant points that have not been covered and which a witness thinks are essential to be placed before the Committee.
    5. When a witness is summoned to give evidence, a verbatim record of proceedings of the Committee, shall be kept.
    6. The evidence tendered before the Committee may be made available to all members of the Committee.

214. Signing of the report of the Committee - The report of the Committee shall be signed by the Chairman, on behalf of the Committee.

Provided that in case the Chairman is absent or is not readily available the Committee shall choose another member to sign the report on behalf of the Committee.

215. Availability of report before presentation to Government - The Committee may, if it thinks fit, make available to Government a copy of its report or any completed part there of before presentation to the House. Such reports shall be treated as confidential until presented to the House.

216. Presentation of report - (1) The report of the Committee shall be presented by the Chairman of the Committee or the person who has signed the report or any Member of the Committee so authorised by the Chairman or in the absence of the Chairman, or when he is unable to present the report, by any member authorised by the committee and shall be placed on the Table of the House.

(2) In presenting the report the Chairman or in his absence, the member presenting the report shall, if he makes any observations, confine himself to a brief statement of fact, or draw the attention of the House to the recommendations made by the Committee.

(3) The Minister concerned or any Minister may give a short reply on that very day or on some future date, to which the matter has been postponed, explaining the Government point of view and the action which the Government propose to take.

(4) On a demand being made after the report has been presented but within 15 days from the date of its presentation, the Speaker, if he thinks fit, may appoint time for consideration of the report. There shall be neither a formal motion before the House nor voting.

217.Publication or circulation of report prior to its presentation to the House - The Speaker may order on a request the publication or circulation of a report of a Committee although it has not been presented to the House. In that case the report shall be presented to the House during its next session at the first convenient opportunity.

218. Power to make suggestions on procedure - (1) A Committee shall have power to pass resolutions on matters of procedure relating to that Committee for the consideration of the Speaker who may make such variations in procedure as he may consider necessary.

(2) Any of these Committees may, with the approval of the Speaker, make detailed rules of procedure to implement the provisions contained in these rules.

219. Power of Speaker to give direction on a point of procedure or otherwise - (1) the Speaker may, from time to time, issue such directions to the Chairman of the Committee as he may consider necessary for regulating its procedure and the organization of its work.

(2) If any doubt arises on any point of procedure or otherwise the Chairman may, if he thinks fit, refer the point to the Speaker, whose decision shall be final.

220. Unfinished work of Committee - A Committee which is unable to complete its work before the dissolution of the House may report to the House that the Committee has not been able to complete its work. Any preliminary report, memorandum or note that the Committee may have prepared or any evidence that the Committee may have taken shall be made available to the new Committee.

221. Secretary to be ex-officio Secretary of the Committee - The Secretary shall be the ex-officio Secretary of all the Committees appointed under these rules.

222. Applicability of general rules to Committees - Except as otherwise specifically provided in respect of any particular Committee, the provisions of the general rules in this Chapter shall apply to all committees.

(B) Business Advisory Committee

223. Constitution of the Committee - There shall be a Committee called the Business Advisory Committee nominated by the Speaker. It shall consist of not more than 15 members including the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker. The Speaker shall be the ex-officio Chairman of the Committee.

(2) If the Speaker for any reason is unable to preside over any sitting of the Committee, the Deputy Speaker shall be the Chairman for that sitting. If both are unable to preside for any reason, the Speaker shall nominate a Chairman for that sitting from amongst the members of the Committee.

224. Functions of the Committee - (1) It shall be the function of the Committee to recommend the time that should be allocated for the discussion on the stage-or-stages of such Bills and other Government business as the Speaker, in consultation with the Leader of the House, may direct for being referred to the Committee.

(2) The Committee shall have the power to indicate in the proposed time table the hours at which the various stages of the Bill or other Government business shall be completed.

(3) Such other functions relating to the business of the House may be assigned to the committee as the Speaker may from time to time decide.

225.Report of the Committee - The time table in regard to a bill or group of Bills or other business as recommended by the Committee shall ordinarily be communicated to the members by a letter at least one day before it is reported by the Speaker to the House.

226.Allocation of Time - (1) As soon as may be after the report has been made to the House, a Motion may be moved by a member of the Committee nominated by the Speaker:

"that this House agrees with the allocation of time proposed by the Committee."

(2) When such a motion is accepted by the House, it shall take effect as if it were an order of the House:

Provided that an amendment may be moved that the report be referred back to the Committee either without limitation or with reference to any particular matter:

Provided further that not more than half an hour shall be allotted for the discussion of the motion and no member shall speak for more than five minutes on such a motion.

227.Disposal of outstanding matters at the appointed hour - At the appointed hour in accordance with the resolution of the House for the completion of a particular stage of a Bill or other business the Speaker shall forthwith put every question necessary to dispose of all the outstanding matters in connection with that stage of bill or business.

228. Variation in the allocation of time - No variation in the time table as decided upon by the House shall be made except on the request of the Leader of the House who shall in that case, notify orally to the House that there was general agreement for such variation which shall be enforced by the Speaker after taking the sense of the House.

(C) Committee on Public Accounts

229. Constitution of the Committee - (1) There shall be a Committee on Public Accounts for the examination of the appropriation accounts of the State, and the reports of the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India thereon, the annual financial accounts of the state or such other accounts or financial matters as are laid before it or referred to it or which the Committee deems necessary to scrutinize.

(2) The Committee on Public Accounts shall consist of not more than 21 members who shall be elected by the House every year from amongst its members according to the principle of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote:

Provided that no Minister shall be appointed a member of the Committee and if a member of the Committee is appointed a Minister he shall cease to be a member of the Committee from the date of such appointment.

(3) The Chairman shall be elected by the Committee from amongst its members.

230. Functions of the Committee - (1) In scrutinizing the appropriation accounts of the State and the report of the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India thereon, it shall be the duty of the Committee on Public Accounts to satisfy itself:

    1. that the moneys shown in the accounts as having been disbursed were legally available for and applicable to the service or purpose to which they have been applied or charged;
    2. that the expenditure conforms to the authority which governs it; and
    3. that every re-appropriation has been made in accordance with such rules as may be prescribed by the competent authority.

(2) It shall also be the duty of the Committee on Public Accounts:

    1. to examine the statement of accounts showing the income and expenditure of State trading and manufacturing schemes together with the balance-sheets, and statements of profit and loss accounts which the Governor may have required to be prepared or are prepared under the provisions of the statutory rules regulating the finances of a particular State trading concern or project and the report of the Comptroller and Auditor-General thereon;
    2. to examine the statement of accounts showing the income and expenditure of autonomous and semiautonomous bodies the audit of which may be conduced by the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India either under the directions of the Governor or by a statute; and
    3. to consider the report of the Comptroller and Auditor-General in cases where the Governor may have required him to conduct an audit of any receipts or to examine the accounts of stores and stock.

(3) All functions which relate to the Public Undertakings/Corporations of the State shall be outside the purview and jurisdiction of the Committee on Public Accounts.

(D) Committee on Estimates

231.Constitution of the Committee - (1) There shall be a Committee on Estimates for the examination of such of the estimates as the Committee deems fit or are specifically referred to it by the House.

(2) The Committee shall consist of not more than twenty five members who shall be elected by the House every year from amongst its members according to the principle of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote:

Provided that no Minister shall be appointed a member of the Committee and if a member of the Committee is appointed a Minister he shall cease to be a member of the Committee from the date of such appointment.

232. Functions of the Committee - (1) the functions of the Committee shall be:

    1. to report what economies improvements in organization, efficiency or administrative reform consistent with the policy underlying the estimates may be effected;
    2. to suggest alternative policies in order to bring about efficiency and economy in administration;
    3. to examine whether the money is well laid out within the limits of the policy underlying in the estimates; and
    4. to suggest the form in which the estimates shall be presented to Assembly.

(2) The Committee may continue its examination of the estimates from time to time throughout the financial year and report to the House as its examination proceeds. It shall not be incumbent on the Committee to examine the entire estimates of any one year. The Demands for grants may be finally voted notwithstanding the fact that the Committee has made no report.

(DD) Joint Committee on the Public Undertakings and Corporations

232-A. Functions of the Committee - There shall be a Joint Committee on Public Undertakings and Corporations of the Uttar Pradesh Legislature for the examination of the working of all Public Undertakings and Corporations specified in the Second Schedule. The functions of the Committee shall be-

    1. to examine the statement of accounts showing the income and expenditure of the above mentioned public undertakings and Corporations together with the balance sheets and statements of Profit and Loss accounts which Governor may have required to be prepared or which have been prepared under the provisions of statutory rules regulating the finances of a particular public undertaking or corporation and to examine the reports, if any, given by the Accountant-General, Uttar Pradesh in respect thereof;
    2. to examine, keeping in view the autonomy of the said undertakings and corporations, their efficiency with a view to ascertain whether their affairs are being managed in accordance with sound business principles and commercial practices;
    3. to exercise such other functions vested in the Committee on Public Accounts and Committee on Estimates, In relation to the said public undertakings and corporations as may be allotted to the Committee by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from time to time:

Provided that the Committee shall not examine the following matters-

      1. matters of major Government policy as distinct from the business functions of the public undertaking;
      2. matters of day-to-day administration;
      3. matters which are required to be dealt with in according with the procedure specified in the Act under which the concerned Public Undertaking or Corporation was established.

232-B. Constitution of the Committee - The Committee shall consist of 35 members including the Chairman, out of which 25 members shall be elected from the Legislative Assembly and 10 members shall be elected from the Legislative Council in accordance with the principle of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote:

Provided that no Minister shall be a member of the Committee and if a member of the Committee is appointed a Minister, his membership of the Committee shall determine from the date of such appointment.

232-C. Appointment of Chairman of the Committee – Appointment of Chairman of the Committee shall be made by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. The quorum to constitute a sitting of the Committee shall be one-third of the total number of members of the Committee.

232-D. Report of the Committee - The Committee shall submit its report, from time to time, to both Houses of the State Legislature on all or any of the aforesaid matters.

232-E. Determination of Jurisdiction of the Joint Committee on Public Undertakings and Corporations - If a question arises as to whether or not the Joint Committee on Public Undertakings and Corporations has jurisdiction over a particular matter, the question shall be referred to the Speaker, Legislative Assembly, whose decision shall be final."

(E) Committee on Government Assurances

233. Constitution and Functions of the Committee - There shall be a Committee on Government Assurances consisting of not more than 15 members nominated by the Speaker in order to scrutinize the assurances, promises, undertakings etc. given by Minister from time to time on the floor of the House and to report on-

    1. the extent to which such assurances, promises, undertakings, etc. have been implemented, and
    2. where implemented, whether such implementation has taken place within the minimum time necessary for the purpose;

Provided that no Minister shall be appointed a member of the Committee, and if a member of the committee is appointed a Minister, he shall cease to be a member of the Committee from the date of such appointment.

(F)Committee on Petitions

234. Constitution of the Committee - There shall be a Committee on Petitions consisting of not more than 15 members nominated by the Speaker;

Provided that no Minister shall be appointed a member of the Committee, and if a member of the Committee is appointed a Minister, he shall cease to be a member of the Committee from the date of such appointment.

235. Petition to whom to be addressed and how to be concluded - Every petition shall be addressed to the House and shall conclude with a prayer reciting the definite object of the petitioner in regard to the matter to which it relates.

236. Scope of Petitions - Petitions may be presented or submitted with the consent of the Speaker on:

    1. a Bill which has been published under rule 114 or which has been introduced in the House;
    2. any matter connected with the business pending before the House; and
    3. Any matter of general public interest, provided that it is not one-

    1. which falls within the cognizance of a Court of law having jurisdiction in any part of India or a Court of Inquiry or a statutory tribunal or authority or a quasi judicial body or a Commissions;
    2. for which remedy is available under the law, including rules, regulations, bye-laws made by the Union or State Government or an authority to whom power to make such rules, regulations etc., is delegated.

237. General form of a petition - (1) Every petition shall be couched in respectful, decorous and temperate language.

(2) Every petition shall be in Hindi language and in Devanagri script and shall be signed by the petitioner.

238. Authentication of Signatories to a petitions - The full name and address of every signatory to a petition shall be set out therein and shall be duly authenticated.

239. Document not to be attached to a petition - Letters, affidavits or other documents shall not be attached to any petition.

240. Countersignature - (1) Every petition shall be presented and countersigned by a member.

(2) A member shall not present a petition from himself.

241.Notice of presentation - A members shall give at least two day’s advance intimation to the Secretary of his intention to present a petition.

242. Form of petition - A member presenting a petition shall confine himself to a statement in the following form:

"I present a petition signed by……………………………………. Petitioner(s) regarding………………………..".

and no debate shall be permitted on his statement.

243. Procedure after presentation of a petitions - (1) Every petition after its presentation under these rules shall be referred to the Committee for examination.

(2) After examination, the Committee may, if necessary, direct circulation of the petition in extenso or in an abridged form.

(3) After circulation and after evidence, if any, the Chairman of the Committee or any member of the Committee shall report to the House the specific complaint contained in the petition and suggestions for remedial measures for the particular case or to prevent such cases in future.

(G) Committee on Delegated Legislation

244. Constitution and functions of the Committee - There shall be a Committee on Delegated Legislation consisting of not more than 15 members nominated by the Speaker in order to scrutinize and report to the House whether the powers to make regulations, rules, sub-rules, bye-laws, etc, conferred by the Constitution or delegated by any other lawful authority are being properly exercised within such delegation:

Provided that no Minister shall be appointed a member of the committee, and if a member of the Committee is appointed a Minister, he shall cease to be a member of the Committee from the date of such appointment.

245. Duties of the Committee - The Committee shall in particular, consider:

    1. whether the delegated legislation is in accordance with the general objects of the Constitution or the Act pursuant to which it is made;
    2. whether it contains matter which in the opinion of the Committee should more properly be dealt with in an Act of Legislature;
    3. whether it contains imposition of any tax;
    4. whether it directly or indirectly bars the jurisdiction of the Courts;
    5. whether it gives retrospective effect to any of the provisions in respect of which the Constitution or the Act does not expressly give any such power;
    6. whether it involves expenditure from the consolidated Fund of the State or the public revenues;
    7. whether it appears to make some unusual or unexpected use of the powers conferred by the Constitution or the Act pursuant to which it is made;
    8. whether there appears to have been unjustifiable delay in the publication or laying it before the Legislature;
    9. whether for any reason its form or purport calls for any elucidation.

246. Report of the Committee - If a Committee is of a opinion that any such legislation should be annulled wholly or in part, or should be amended in any respect, it shall report that opinion and the grounds thereof to the House. If the Committee is of opinion that any other matter relating to any delegated legislation should be brought to the notice of the House, it may report that opinion and matter to the House.

(H) Rules Committee

247. Constitution of the Committee - There shall be a Committee on Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly consisting of not more than 15 members including the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker. The rest of the members shall be nominated by the Speaker.

248. Functions of the committee - The functions of the Committee shall be to consider matters of procedure and conduct of business of the House and to recommend any amendment or additions considered necessary to these rules.

249. Notice of amendments in Rules - Any member may give notice of amendment to any of these Rules, but such a notice shall be accompanied with the Statement of Objects and Reasons for the amendment. On receipt of such a notice, the Speaker shall refer the same, if it is not out of order, to the Committee for consideration.

250. Chairman of the Committee - The Speaker shall be the ex-officio Chairman of the Committee. If the Speaker for any reason is unable to act as Chairman of the Committee, the Deputy Speaker shall be the Chairman for that sitting. If both are unable to preside for any reason the speaker shall nominate a Chairman for that sitting from amongst the members of the Committee.

251. Procedure for the amendment of the Rules - (a) The recommendations of the Committee shall be laid on the Table of the House and any member may, within a period of fourteen days beginning with the day when it is so laid on the Table, give notice of an amendment including a motion to refer all or any of the recommendations of the Committee for the reconsideration of Committee, together with the objects and reason for such amendment.

(b) If no notice of amendment to the recommendations of the Committee is given within the period mentioned in sub-rule (a), the recommendations of the Committee shall be deemed to have been approved by the House on the expiry of the said period and shall be incorporated in the Rules.

(c) If notice of any amendment is received with in the period prescribed in sub-rule (a), the Speaker shall refer such amendments, which are admissible, to the Committee and the Committee may after considering such amendments, make such changes in its recommendations as it deems fit.

(d) The final report of the Committee, after considering the amendments mentioned in sub-rule (c), shall be laid on the Table of the House for ten days, and if notice of any amendment to the decision taken by the Committee after such reconsideration is received along with the statement of objects and reasons within this period, the Speaker shall place such amendments which are admissible, for the consideration of the House in any other case, the report of the Committee shall be deemed to have been accepted by the House and the recommendations made in the report shall be incorporated.

(I) Select Committee

252. Constitution of Select Committee - (1) When a motion that a Bill be referred to select Committee is made and agreed to the members of the Select Committee on the Bill shall be appointed by the House.

(2) The Select Committee shall consists of 19 members as follows:

    1. Minister in charge of the Bill,
    2. Member in charge of the Bill, if any,
    3. The member on whose motion the Bill is referred to the Select Committee,
    4. Sixteen, seventeen or eighteen members as the case may be, of the Assembly to be elected by the method of proportional representation by means of a single transferable vote.

253. Procedure of a Select Committee - The procedure in a Select Committee shall, as far as practicable, be the same as is followed in the House during the consideration stage of a Bill, with such adaptation, whether by way of modification, addition or omission, as the Speaker may consider necessary or convenient.

254. Notice of amendments by members other than members of select Committee - When a Bill has been referred to a Select Committee, any notice given by a member of any amendment to a clause in the Bill shall stand referred to the Committee:

Provided that where notice of amendment is received from a member who is not a member of the Select Committee, such amendment shall not be taken up by the Committee unless moved by a member of the Committee.

255. Power of Committee to take evidence - A select Committee may hear expert evidence and representatives of special interests affected by the measure before it.

256. Printing and publication of evidence tendered before a Select Committee - (1) The discussion of a Selects Committee shall not be disclosed by any person present at its sittings nor shall any reference to such discussions be made in the House.

(2)The evidence tendered before the Select Committee may be made available to all members of the Select Committee.

(3) The Committee may direct that the whole or a part of the evidence or a summary thereof may be laid on the Table.

(4) The evidence given before a Select Committee shall not be published by any member of the Select Committee or by any other person until it has been laid on the Table:

Provided that the Speaker may, in his discretion, direct that such evidence be confidentially made available to members before it is formally laid on the Table.

257. Record of decisions of the Committee - A record of the decision of a Select Committee shall be maintained and circulated to members of the Committee under the direction of the Chairman.

258. Report by Select Committee - (1) Soon after a Bill has been referred to it, the Select Committee shall meet from time to time in order to consider the Bill and shall make a report thereon within the time fixed by the House:

Provided that where the House has not fixed any time for the presentation of the report, the report shall be presented before the expiry of three months from the date on which the House adopted the motion for the reference of the Bill to the Select Committee:

Provided further that the House may at any time, on a motion be made, direct that the time for the presentation of the report by the Select Committee be extended to a date specified in the motion.

(2) Reports may be either preliminary or final.

(3) The select Committee shall in its reports state whether the publication of the Bill directed by these rules has taken place, and the date on which the publication has taken place.

(4) Where a Bill has been altered, the Select Committee may, if it thinks fit, include in its report a recommendation to the members in charge of the Bill that his next motion should be a motion for circulation or, where the Bill has already been circulated, for re-circulation.

259. Minute of dissent recorded by a member - (1) Any member of a Selects Committee may record a minute of dissent on any matter or matters connected with the Bill or dealt with in the report.

(2) A minute of dissent shall be couched in temperate and decorous language and shall not refer to any discussion in the Selects Committee nor cast aspersions on the Committee.

(3) If in the opinion of the Speaker a minute of dissent contains words, phrases or expressions which are un-parliamentary or otherwise inappropriate he may order such words, phrases or expressions to be expunged from the minute of dissent.

(4) The minute of dissent, if any, shall form part of the report.

260. Printing and publication of Report - The Secretary shall cause every report of the Select Committee to be printed and a copy of the reports shall be made available for the use of every member of the House. The report and if amended, the Bill, as reported by the Select Committee, shall be published in the Gazette and a copy of the amended Bill shall be supplied to every member.

(J) joint Select Committee

261. Constitution of Joint Select Committee - Unless decided otherwise by the two Houses by mutual agreement, a Joint Select Committee shall consist of 25 members as follows:

    1. Minister in charge of the Bill,
    2. Member in charge of the Bill, if any,
    3. The member on whose motion the bill is referred to the Joint Select Committee,
    4. Eight members of the Council,
    5. Fourteen, fifteen or sixteen members, as the case may be, of the Assembly to be elected by the method of proportional representation by the means of a single transferable vote.

262. Procedure before Joint Select Committee - The same procedure, as laid down for Select Committees, shall be followed in a Joint Select Committee, and all rules relating to Select Committees with regard to the selection of members and the appointment of chairman of the Committee and presentation and consideration of its report shall mutatis mutandis apply to a Joint Select Committee.

(K) Committee on Privileges

236. Constitution of the Committee - The Committee on Privileges consisting of 10 members including the Deputy Speaker shall be nominated by the Speakers. The Deputy Speaker shall be the Chairman of this Committee.

264. Quorum-The quorum to constitute a sitting of the Committee shall be five:

Provided that no quorum shall be necessary to constitute a sitting for the purpose of taking evidence.


265. Examination of the question by the Committee on Privileges and its procedure - (1) On a reference being made to the Committee on Privileges, a copy of the complaint shall be sent by the Secretary to the person complained against with the request that he should, if he so desires, submit to the Secretary by a specified date his written statement about the complaint. After the expiry of the date fixed for submission of written statement, the Committee may, if it considers necessary summon, for purpose of inquiry, the person complaining and the person complained to appears before it on a specified date, time and place.

(2) Such a person, if he so desires, may also present his case before the Committee by a Counsel.

(3) If the party summoned to be present is unable to attend on the specified date, he shall inform the Committee of the reasons thereof. The Committee may, on consideration of given reasons, postpone the consideration of the matter to enable the party to appear. If, however, the Committee considers that there are no good reasons for the absence or that the party has willfully absented, the Committee may after considering the matter against that party, in his absence, submit its report, and bring to the notice of the House his disobedience of the order for proper action against him.

266. Examination of the Question by the Committee - The complaining member or the member complained against, if he be the light of the evidence and circumstances of the case and determine whether any breach of privileges or contempt, has been committed and look into the nature of the breach and the circumstances leading to it, and make such recommendations as it may deem proper.

267. Disabilities of Members of the Committee - The Complaining member or the member complained against, if he be a member of the Committee, shall not sit on the Committee so long as the matter complained by or against him as the case may be, is under consideration before the Committee.

268. Sittings of Committee on privileges - The Committee on privileges shall meet as soon as may be, after a question of privilege or contempt has been referred to it and from time to time thereafter till report is made during the time fixed by the Speaker or the House, as the case may be:

Provided that where no time has been fixed for the presentation of the report, the report shall be presented within one month of the date of reference:

Provided further that the Speaker or the House, as the case may be, may from time to time extend the date for the presentation of the report by the Committee.

269. Reports of the Committee - He report of the Committee shall indicate if a breach of privilege or contempt has been committed and what punishment in its opinion should be inflicted. It may also recommend the acceptance of an apology, if apology has been tendered.

(L) Questions and Reference Committee

269-A. Constitution of the Committee - (1) There shall be a "Questions and Reference Committee" consisting of not more than 15 members to be nominated by the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker shall be the ex-officio Chairman of the Committee.

(2) No minister shall be a member of the Committee mentioned in sub-rule (1) and if a member of the Committee is appointed a minister, he shall cease to be a member of the Committee from the date of such appointment.

(3) The quorum of constitute a sitting of the Committee shall be three.

269-B. Functions of the Committees - The following shall be the functions of the Committee:

    1. If reply to a question is not received from the Government within time or the reply received is not satisfactory and the Speakers considers it expedient so to do, he may refer the matter to the Questions and Reference Committee.
    2. Besides questions, any other matter concerning the House, not included within the jurisdiction of any other Committee under these rules, may be referred by the Speaker to the said Committee for consideration.

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