Assam Legislative Assembly

Scope of Petitions 105. Petitions may be presented or submitted to the Assembly with the consent of the Speaker on —
  1. a Bill which has been published under rule 64 or which has been introduced in the Assembly;
  2. any matter connected with the Business pending before the Assembly; 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 jurisdication in any part of India or a court of enquiry or a statutory tribunal or authority or a quasi- judicial body, or a commission;
    2. which should ordinarily be raised in Parliament or any other State Legislature;
    3. which can be raised on a substantive motion or resolution; or
    4. for which remedy is available under the law, including rules, regulations, bye-laws made by the Central or State Government or an authority to whom power to make such rules, regulations, etc., is delegated.
General form of Petition.
    1. The general form of petition set out in the first Schedule, with such variations as the circumstances of each case require, may be used, and if used, shall be sufficient.
    2. Every petition shall be couched in respectful, decorous and temperate language.
    3. Every petition shall be in Assamese, Bengali, English or Hindi. If any petition in any other Indian language is made, it shall be accompanied by a translation in Assamese, Bengali, English or Hindi and signed by the Petitioner.
Authentication of petition. 107. The full name and address of every signatory to a petition shall be set out therein and shall be authenticated by his/her signature, and if illiterate by his/her thumb impression.
Documents not to be attached. 108. Letters, affidavits or other documents shall not be attached to any petition.
Counter Signature.
    1. Every petition shall, if presented by a member, be countersigned by him/her. If a petition is made in any Indian language other than Assamese, Bengali, English or Hindi its translation in Assamese, Bengali, English or Hindi shall also be countersigned by the member presenting it.
    2. A member shall not present a petition from himself/ herself.
Petition to be addressed to House. 110. Every petition shall be addressed to the Assembly and shall conclude with a prayer reciting the definite object of the petitioner in regard to the matter to which it relates.
Notice of presentation. 111. A member shall give advance intimation to the Principal Secretary of his/her intention to present a petition.
Presentation of petition. 112. A petition may either be presented by a member or be forwarded to the Principal Secretary, if the member does not present it himself/herself and the Principal Secretary shall report it to the Assembly. The report shall be made in the form set out in the Second Schedule. No debate shall be permitted on the presentation, or the making of such report
Form of Petition. 113. A member presenting a petition shall confine himself/ herself to a statement in the following form-

“Sir, I beg to present a petition signed by.................

petitioner(s) regarding..........................”

And no debate shall be permitted on this statement.
Reference to Committee on Petitions 114. Every petition shall after presentation by a member or report by the Principal Secretary, as the case may be, stand referred to the Committee on petitions.