|139. The Annual Financial Statement or the statement of
the estimated receipts and expenditure of the State in
respect of every financial year thereinafter referred to as
“the Budget”, shall be presented to the Assembly.
|140. No discussion of the Annual Financial Statement shall
take place on which it is presented.
Grants. Details of
to be supplied to
|141. (1) A separate demands shall ordinarily be made in
respect of the grant proposed for each Department of the
Government provided that the Minister in-charge of the
Finance Department may, in his/her discretion, include in
one demand, grants proposed for two or more Departments,
or make a demand in respect of expenditure, such as
Famine, Relief and Insurance and interest, which cannot
readily be classified under particular Departments.
||(2) Each demand shall contain, first a statement of the total
grant proposed, and then a statement of the detailed
estimates under each grant, divided into items.
||(3) Subject to these rules, the Annual Financial Statement
shall be presented in such a form as the Minister-in-charge
of the Finance Department may consider best fitted for its
consideration by the Assembly.
||(4)When a demand or any part of it relates to any new
scheme or revision of scale of pay or allowances or creation
or a new appointment, all material details of such scheme
of revision or appointment, shall as far (all material details)
as practicable be supplied to all members at least five clear
days before the demands is made.
|Stages of Budget
|142. The Budget shall be dealt with by the Assembly in
two stages namely-
(i) a general discussion, and
(ii) the voting on demands for grants.
|(b) General Discussion
|143. (1) On a day or days to be appointed by the Speaker
subsequent to the day on which the Budget is prescribed
and for such time as the Speaker may allot for this purpose,
the Assembly shall be at liberty to discuss the Budget as a
whole or any question or principle involved therein, but
no motion shall be moved at the stage, nor shall the Budget
be submitted to the vote of the Assembly.
|Right of reply by
|(2) The Finance Minister shall have a general right of reply
at the end of the discussion.
|Time limit for
|(3) The Speaker may, if he/she thinks fit, prescribes a time
limit for speeches.
|(c) Demand for Grants
|144. (1) The voting of demands for grants shall take place
on such days as the Speaker in consultation with the Leader
of the House and the Business Advisory Committee may
allot for the purpose.
||*(2) On a day alloted under Sub-rule (1) for the voting of
demands for grants no other business shall be taken up
before 1-30 p.m. or at 5-00 p.m. if it is Friday except with
the consent of the Speaker.
Provided that nothing in this rule shall be deemed to
prohibit, the asking and answering of question during the
time allowed under these rules.
*(3) On the last day of the days so allotted, at 1-30 p.m. or
at 5-00 p.m. if it is a Friday, the Speaker shall forthwith
put every question necessary to dispose of all the
outstanding matter in connection with the demands for
grants; and the consideration thereof shall not be
anticipated by any motion for adjournment or be
interrupted in any manner whatsoever nor shall any dilatory
motion be moved in regard thereto.
||145. (1) A motion may be moved to reduce the amount of
a demand in any of the following ways: -
||(a) “that the amount of the demand be reduced to Rs. 1”
representing disapproval of the policy underlying the
demand. Such a motion shall be known as “Disapproval
of policy cut”. A member giving notice of such motion
shall indicate in precise terms the particular of policy which
he/she proposes to discuss. The discussion shall be
confined to the specific point or points mentioned in the
notice and it shall be opened to members to advocate an
||(b) “that the amount of the demand be reduced by specified
amount” representing the economy that can be effected.
Such specified amount may be either a lumpsum reduction
in the demand or ommision or reduction of an item in the
demand. The motion shall be known as “Economy Cut”.
The notice shall indicate briefly and precisely the particular
matter on which discussion is sought to be raised and
speeches shall be confined to the discussion as to how
economy can be effected.
||(c) “that the amount of the demand be reduced by Rs 100”
in order to ventilate a specific grievance which is within
the sphere of the responsibility of the Government of the
State. Such a motion shall be known as “Token Cut” and
the discussion thereon shall be confined to the particular
grievance specified in the motion.
||(2) The three motions mentioned in clauses (a), (b) and (c)
of the preceding sub-rule will have priority in the order they
have been mentioned.
|146. In order that a notice of motion for reduction of the
amount of demand may be admissible, it shall satisfy the
following conditions, namely:-
- it shall relate to one demand only;
- it shall be clearly expressed and shall not contain
arguments, inferences, ironical expression, imputations,
innuendoes or defamatory statements;
- it shall be confined to one specific matter which shall
be stated in precise terms;
- it shall not reflect on the character or conduct of any
person whose conduct can only be challenged on substantive
- it shall not make suggestions for the amendment or repeal
of existing laws;
- it shall not refer to a matter which is not primarily the
concern of the Government of the State;
- it shall not relate to expenditure charged on the
Consolidated Fund of State;
- it shall not relate to a matter which is under adjudication
by a Court of law having jurisdiction in any part of India;
- it shall not raise a question of privilege;
- it shall not revive discussion on a matter which has been
discussed in the same session and on which a decision has
- it shall not anticipate a matter which has been previously
appointed for consideration in the same session;
- it shall not ordinarily seek to raise a discussion on a
matter pending before any statutory tribunal or statutory
authority performing anyjudicial or quasi-judicial
functions or any commission or court of enquiry appointed
to enquire into or investigate, any matter:
Provided that the Speaker may in his/her discretion
allow such matter being raised in the house as is concerned
with the procedure or stage of enquiry, if the Speaker is
satisfied that it is not likely to prejudice the consideration
of such matter by the statutory tribunal, statutory
authourity, commission or court of enquiry: and
- it shall not relate to a trifling matter.
|Speaker to decide
|147. The Speaker shall decide whether a cut motion is or
is not admissible under these rules and may disallow any
cut motion when in his/her opinion it is an abuse of the
right of moving cut motion or it is calculated to obstruct
or pre-judicially affect the procedure of the House or is in
contravention of these rules.
|Notice of cut
|148. (1) If notice of a motion to reduce any demand for
grant has not been given three clear days previous to the
day on which the demand is under consideration, any
member may object to the moving of motion and such
objection shall prevail unless the Speaker allows the motion
to be made.
||(2) No amendment to motion to reduce any grants shall be
|Votes on credit
|149. (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in the
preceding rules, motions may be made for grants in
advance in respect of the estimated expenditure for
unexpected and exceptional grants under Article 206 of
||(2) Such demands shall be dealt with by the Assembly in the same manner as demand for grants in connection with
the Budget and the rules on the subject shall apply to such
demands subject to such modifications as the Speaker may
|Vote on account.
||150. (1) A motion for vote on account shall state the total
sum required, and the various amounts needed for each
department or service or item of expenditure which
compose that sum shall be stated in schedule appended to
||(2) Discussion of a general character shall be allowed on
the motion but the details of the grant shall not be discussed
further than is necessary to develop the general points.
grants and votes
|151. Supplementry, additional, excess and exceptional
grants and votes on credit shall be regulated by the same
procedure as is applicable in the case of demands for grants
subject to such adoptations, whether by way of
modification, addition or ommission, as the Speaker may
deem to be necessary or expedient.
|152. The debate on the supplementary grants shall be
confined to the items constituting the same and no
discussion may be raised on the original grants nor policy
underlying them save in so far as it may be necessary to
explain or illustrate the particular items under discussion
||153. When funds to meet proposed expenditure on a new
service can be made available by re-appropriation, a
demand for the grant of a token sum may be submitted to
the vote of the Assembly and if the Assembly assents to
the demand, fund may be so made available.
|(d) Appropriation Bill
||154. (1) As soon as may be after the grants have been made
by the Assembly there shall be introduced a Bill to provide
for the appropriation out of the consolidated fund of the
State of all money required to meet: -
- the grants so made by the Assembly; and
- the expenditure charged on the Consolidated Fund of
the State, but not exceeding in any case the amount shown
in the Budget presented to the Assembly.
||(2) The provisions of the rules relating to Bill shall apply
to the Appropriation Bills introduced under this rule:
Provided that no amendment shall be proposed to any
such bill which will have the effect of varying the amount
or altering the destination of any grant so made or of
varying the amount of any expenditure charged on the
Consolidated Fund of the State and decision of the Speaker
as to whether an amendment is inadmissible under this
sub-rule shall be final:
Provided further that the Speaker may suspend the
operation of any such rule for the timely completion of
the financial business.
||(3) The debate on Appropriation Bill shall be restricted to
matters of public importance or administrative policy
implied in the grants covered by the bill which have not
already been raised while the relevant demands for grants
were under consideration.
||(4) The Speaker may, in order to avoid repetition of debate,
require members desiring to take part in discussion on an
Appropriation Bill to give advance intimation of the
specific points, they intend to raise, and he/she may
withhold permission for raising such of the points as in
his/her opinion appear to be repetition of the matters
discussed on a demand for grant or as may not be of
sufficient public importance.
||(5) If an Appropriation Bill is in pursuance of a
supplementary grant in respect of an existing service the
discussion shall be confined to the items constituting the
same and no discussion shall be raised on the original grant nor the policy underlying it save in so far as it may be
necessary to explain or illustrate a particular item under
||(6) The Speaker may fix the time limit for the discussion
of the Appropriation Bill.
|(e) Finance Bill
||155. (1) In this rule “Finance Bill” means the Bill ordinarily
introduced in each year to give effect to the financial
proposal of the Government of Assam for the next
following financial year and includes a Bill to give effect
to supplementary financial proposal for any period.
||*(2) At any time after the introduction in the Assembly of
a Finance Bill the Speaker may allot a day or days, jointly
or severally for the completion of all or any of the stages
involved in the passage of the Bill by the Assembly and
when such allotment has been made, the Speaker shall at
13.30 hours on the allotted day or at 17:00 hours, if it is a
Friday or the last of the allotted days, as the case may be
forthwith put every question necessary to dispose of all
the outstanding matters in connection with the stage or
stages for which the day or days have been allotted:
||Provided that if a Minister has a right of reply to
the debate on the motion which is under discussion
at 12.30 hours on that day, or at 16:00 hours if it is
Friday and has not commenced his/her reply at that
hour, the Speaker shall enquire how much time not
exceeding one hour he/she requires for his/her reply,
and shall call upon any member for the time being
addressing the Assembly to resume his/her seat at such
time as will leave available before 13.30 hours or
17:00 hours, if it is a Friday, the amount of time which the Minister has stated that he/she requires for his/her reply.
||*(3) Where the question or one of the questions required by
sub-rule (2) to be put at 13.30 hours on the allotted day or at
17.00 hours, if it is a Friday or the last of allotted days is
that the Bill be passed, sub-rule (2) shall have effect not
withstanding that amendments to the Bill have been made.
||(4) Subject to the provision to sub-rule (2), the Speaker
may, if he/she thinks fit, prescribes a time limit for speeches
at all or any of the stages for which a day or days have
been allotted under that sub-rule.
||(5) On a motion that the Finance Bill be taken into
consideration, a member may discuss matters relating to
general administration, local grievances so far as it relates
to any provision of the Finance Bill within the sphere of
the responsibility of the Government of Assam, or monetary
or financial policy of Government.
||(6) In other respects the rules applicable to Bills in Chapter
XIII of these rules shall apply.
can be taken
up on a day
|156. Notwithstanding that a day has been allotted for other
business under rules 143,144,154 or 155 a motion or
motions for leave to introduce a Bill or Bills may be made
and a Bill or Bills may be introduced on such day with the
permission of the Speaker before the Assembly enters on
the business for which the day has been allotted.
|Time limit for
|1157. In addition to the powers exercisable under the rules,
the Speaker may exercise all such powers as are necessary
for the purpose of the timely completion of all financial
business including allotment of time for disposal of various
kinds of such business, and where time is so allotted,he/she shall, at the appointed hour, put every question
necessary to dispose of all the outstanding matters in
connection with the stage or stages for which time has been
||Explanation-Financial business includes any business
which the Speaker holds as coming within this category
under the Constitution.