Assam Legislative Assembly
CHAPTER-XIX
(a) Budget
Presentation of
Budget
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.
Discussion on
the Budget
140. No discussion of the Annual Financial Statement shall take place on which it is presented.
Demands for
Grants. Details of new
Scheme, etc.
to be supplied to
members.
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
debate.
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
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
Finance
Minister.
(2) The Finance Minister shall have a general right of reply at the end of the discussion.
Time limit for
Speeches
(3) The Speaker may, if he/she thinks fit, prescribes a time limit for speeches.
(c) Demand for Grants
Voting on
Demands
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.
Cut motions 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 alternative policy;
  (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.
Conditions of
admissibility of
cut motions
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:-
  1. it shall relate to one demand only;
  2. it shall be clearly expressed and shall not contain arguments, inferences, ironical expression, imputations, innuendoes or defamatory statements;
  3. it shall be confined to one specific matter which shall be stated in precise terms;
  4. it shall not reflect on the character or conduct of any person whose conduct can only be challenged on substantive motion;
  5. it shall not make suggestions for the amendment or repeal of existing laws;
  6. it shall not refer to a matter which is not primarily the concern of the Government of the State;
  7. it shall not relate to expenditure charged on the Consolidated Fund of State;
  8. it shall not relate to a matter which is under adjudication by a Court of law having jurisdiction in any part of India;
  9. it shall not raise a question of privilege;
  10. it shall not revive discussion on a matter which has been discussed in the same session and on which a decision has been taken;
  11. it shall not anticipate a matter which has been previously appointed for consideration in the same session;
  12. 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
  13. it shall not relate to a trifling matter.
Speaker to decide
admissibility of
cut motions.
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
motions.
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 permissible
Votes on credit
and exceptional
grants.
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 the Constitution.
  (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 deem necessary.
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 the motion.
  (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.
Supplementary,
additional, excess
and exceptional
grants and votes
on credit.
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.
Scope of
discussion on
Supplementary
grants.
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
Token grants. grants. 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
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: -
  1. the grants so made by the Assembly; and
  2. 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 discussion.
  (6) The Speaker may fix the time limit for the discussion of the Appropriation Bill.
(e) Finance Bill
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.
Business that
can be taken
up on a day
allotted for
financial
business
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
disposal of
financial
business
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 allotted.
  Explanation-Financial business includes any business which the Speaker holds as coming within this category under the Constitution.