Assam Legislative Assembly
CHAPTER-XXV
Assembly Committees
(a) General
Committee to include Assembly Committee. 193. In this Chapter, unless the context otherwise requires, ‘Committee’ means and includes ‘Assembly Committee’ as defined in sub-rule (1) of rule 2.
Appointment of Committee. 194. (1) The members of a Committee shall be appointed or elected by the Assembly on a motion made or nominated by the Speaker, as the case may be.
  (2) No member shall be appointed to a Committee if he/ she is not willing to serve on it. The proposer shall ascertain whether the member whose name is proposed by him/her is willing to serve on the Committee.
  (3) Casual vacancies in a Committee shall be filled by appointment or election by the Assembly on a motion made or nomination by the Speaker, as the case may be, and any member appointed, elected or nominated to fill such vacancy shall hold office for the unexpired portion of the term for which the member in whose place he/she is appointed, elected or nominated would have normally held office.
Objection to the membership of Committee 195. Where an objection is taken to the inclusion of a member in a Committee on the ground that the member has a personal, pecuniary or direct interest 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/her 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 taking objection and the member against whose appointment on the Committee objection has been taken, to produce documentary of other evidence in support of their respective cases;
  (d) after the Speaker has considered the evidence so tendered before him/her, he/she shall give his/her decision which shall be final;
  (e) until the Speaker has given his/her decision, the member, against whose appointment on the Committee objection has been taken, shall continue to be a member thereof 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 personal, pecuniary or direct interest in the matter before the Committee, he/she shall cease to be a member thereof forthwith:
  (f) if the Speaker holds that the member against whose appointment objection has been taken has personal, pecuniary or direct interest in the matter before the Committee, he/she shall cease to be a member thereof forthwith:
  Provided that the proceedings of the sittings of the Committee at which such member was present shall not in any way be affected by the decision of the Speaker. Explanation-For 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 on a matter of State Policy.
Term of office of Committee nominated by the Speaker * 196. Except as otherwise provided in Rule 242, 244, 260 A & B, 260C & D and 260F & G, the term of office of all members of all Assembly Committees shall be for a period of one year from the date of constituting the Committee or till a new Committee is constituted in accordance with these Rules:
  Provided that the term of office of the members of a Select Committee shall terminate on the presentation of their report to the House.
Resignation from Committee. 197. A member may resign his/her seat from a Committee by writing under his/her hand, addressed to the Speaker
Chairman of Committee. 198. (1) The Chairman of a Committee shall be appointed by the Speaker from amongst the members of the Committee:
  Provided that if the Deputy Speaker is a member of the Committee, he/she shall be appointed Chairman of the Committee.
  (2) If the Chairman is for any reason unable to act, the Speaker may appoint another Chairman in his/her place
  (3) If the Chairman is absent from any sitting, the Committee shall choose another member to act as Chairman for that sitting.
Principal Secretary of the Committee 199. The Principal Secretary of the Assembly shall be the Principal Secretary of all Assembly Committees.:
Quorum. 200. (1) The quorum to constitute a sitting of a Committee shall be, as near as may be 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 any such sitting there is no quorum,the Chairman of the Committee shall either suspend the sitting until there is a quorum or adjourn the sitting to some future day.
  (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 the Committee has been appointed by the Speaker the Chairman shall report the fact of such adjournment to the Speaker.
Discharge of members absent from sittings of Committee. 201. If a member is absent from two or more consecutive sittings of a Committee without the permission of the Chairman, a motion may be moved in the House for the discharge of such member from the Committee:
  Provided that where the members of the Committee are nominated by the Speaker such member may be discharged by the Speaker
Voting in Committee 202. All questions at any sitting of a Committee shall be determined by a majority of votes of the members present and voting
Casting vote of Chairman 203. In the case of an equality of votes on any matter, the Chairman or the person acting as such, shall have a second or casting vote.
Power to appoint sub-committees 204. (1) A Committee may appoint one or more sub-committees, each having the power of the undivided Committee, to examine any matter that may be referred to them and 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 point or points of investigation. The report of the sub-committee shall be considered by the whole Committee.
Sittings of Committee. 205. The sittings of a 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, the Principal Secretary may fix the date and time of a sitting:
  Provided further that in the case of Select Committee on a Bill, if the Chairman of the Committee is not readily available, the Principal Secretary may in consultation with the Minister concerned with the Bill fix the date and time of a sitting.
Committee may sit whilst Assembly is sitting. 206. A Committee may sit whilst the Assembly is sitting, provided that on a division being called in the Assembly, the Chairman of the Committee shall suspend the proceedings in the Committee for such time as will in his/ her opinion enable the members to vote in a division.
Sitting of Committee in Private 207. The sittings of a Committee shall be held in private. No person shall disclose the proceedings of any Committee.
Venue of sittings 208. The sittings of a Committee shall be held within the precincts of the Assembly House and if it becomes necessary to change the place of sitting outside the Assembly House, the matter shall be referred to the Speaker whose decision shall be final.
All strangers to withdraw when Committee deliberates 209. All persons other than members of the Committee and officers of the Assembly Secretariat shall withdraw whenever the Committee is deliberating.
Power to take evidence or call for documents. 210. (1) A witness may be summoned by an order signed by the Principal Secretary and shall produce such documents as are required for the use of a 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 nor altered without the knowledge and approval of the Committee.
Power to send for persons, papers and records 211. A Committee shall have power to send for persons, papers and records:
  Provided that if any question arises whether the evidence of a person or the production of a document is relevant for the purposes of the Committee, the question shall be referred to the Speaker whose decision shall be final:
  Provided further that Government may decline to produce a document on the ground that its disclosure would be prejudicial to the safety or interest of the State.
Counsel for witness. 212. A Committee may, under the direction of the Speaker permit a witness to be heard by a counsel appointed by him/her and approved by the Committee.
Evidence on oath. 213. (1) All evidence shall be taken on oath.
  (2) The form of the oath shall be as follows: - “I swear in the name of Almighty God (or solemnly affirm) that the evidence which I shall give in this case shall be true, that I will conceal nothing and that no part of my evidence shall be false.”
Procedure for examining witnesses 214. The examination of witness before a Committee shall be conducted as follows: -
  (i) The Committee shall before a witness is called for examination, decide the mode of procedure and the nature of questions that may be asked of the witness.
  (ii) The Chairman of the Committee may first ask the witness such question or questions as he/she may consider necessary with reference to the subject matter under consideration or any subject connected therewith according to the mode of procedure mentioned in clause (i) of this rule.
  (iv) 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
  (v) A verbatim record of proceedings of the Committee shall, when a witness is summoned to give evidence, be kept..
  (vi) The evidence tendered before the Committee may be made available to all members of the Committee.
Record of decisions of Committees. 215. A record of the decisions of a Committee shall be maintained and circulated to members of the Committee under the direction of the Chairman.
Evidence, report and proceedings treated as confidential. 216. (1) A Committe may direct that the whole or a part of evidence or a summary thereof may be laid on the Table.
  (2) No part of the evidence, oral or written, report or proceedings of a Committee which has not been laid on the Table shall be opened for inspection by any one except under the authority of the Speaker
  (3) The evidence given before a Committee shall not be published by any member of the committee or by any other person until it has been laid on the Table:
  Provided that the Speaker may, in his/her discretion, direct that such evidence be confidentially made available to members before it is formally laid on the Table.
Special Report. 217. A Committee may, if it thinks fit, make a special report on any matter that arises or comes to light in the course of its work which it may consider necessary to bring to the notice of the Speaker or the House, notwithstanding that such matter is not directly connected with, or does not fall within or is not incidental to, its terms of reference.
Report of Committee 218. (1) Where the House has not fixed any time for the presentation of report by a Committee, the report shall be presented within the month of the date on which reference to the Committee was made:
  Provided that the Assembly may at time on a motion being made, direct that the time for the presentation of the report by the Committee be extended to a date specified in the motion.
  (2) Reports may be either preliminary or final.
  (3) 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.
Availability of report to Government before presentation 219. A Committee may, if it thinks fit, make available to Government any completed part of its report before presentation to the Assembly. Such reports shall be treated as confidential until presented to the Assembly.
Presentation of report 220. (1) The report of a Committee shall be presented to the Assembly by the Chairman or in his/her absence any member of the Committee.
  (2) In presenting the report, the Chairman or, in his/her absence, the member presenting the report shall, if he/she makes any remarks, confine himself/herself to a brief statement of fact but there shall be no debate on that statement at this stage.
Printing, Publication and circulation of report prior to its presentation to Assembly. 221. The Speaker may, on a request being made to him/her and when the Assembly is not in session, order the printing, publication or circulation of a report of a Committee although it has not been presented to the Assembly. In that case the report shall be presented to the Assembly during its next session at the first convenient opportunity.
Power to make suggestions on procedure. 222. 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/she may consider necessary.
Power of Committee to make detailed rules. 223. A Committee may with the approval of the Speaker make detailed rules of procedure to supplement the provisions contained in the rules in this Chapter.
Power of Speaker to give direction 224. (1) The Speaker may from time to time issue such directions to the Chairman of a Committee as he/she may consider necessary for regulating its procedure and the organisation of its work.
  (2) If any doubt arises on any point of procedure or otherwise the Chairman may, if he/she thinks fit, refer the point to the Speaker whose decision shall be final.
Business before Committee not lapse on prorogation of Assembly. 225. Any business pending before a Committee shall not lapse by reason only of the prorogation of the Assembly and the Committee shall continue to function notwithstanding such prorogation.
Unfinished work of Committee 226. A Committee which is unable to complete its work before the expiration of its term or before the dissolution of the Assembly 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 Committees.
Applicability of general rules to Committees 227. Except for matters for which special provision is made in the rules relating to any particular Committee, the general rules in this Chapter shall apply to all Committees and if and so far any provision in the special rules relating to a Committee is inconsistent with the general rules, the former rules shall prevail.
(b) Business Advisory Committee
Constitution of the Business Advisory Committee *228. At the Commencement of the House or from time to time, as the case may be, the Speaker may nominate a Committee consisting of not more than thirteen members including the Speaker who shall be the Chairman of the Committee.
Functions of Committee 229. (1) It shall be the function of the Committee to recommend the time that should be allocated for the discussion of the stage or stages of such Government Bills and other 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 different hours at which the various stages of the Bill or other business be completed.
  (3) The Committee shall have such other functions as may be assigned to it by the Speaker from time to time.
Report of Committee 230. The time table in regard to business as settled by the Committee shall be reported by the Speaker to the Assembly and circulated to the members.
Allocation of Time order. 231. 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 designated by the Speakers, “that this Assembly agrees with the allocation of time proposed by the Committee in regard to such and such Bill or Bills or other Government business” and if 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 motion.
Disposal of outstanding matter at the appointed hour 232. At the appointed hour, in accordance with the Allocation of Time Order for the completion of a particular stage of a Bill, the Speaker shall forthwith put every question necessary to dispose of all the outstanding matters in connection with that stage of the Bill.
Variation in the Allocation of Time Order 233. No variation in the Allocation of Time Order shall be made except on the request of the Leader of the House who shall 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) Select Committees
Composition of Select Committee. 234. (1) The Minister-in-charge and the member who introduced the Bill, shall be member of the Committee.
  (2) The other members of the Select Committee shall be named in the motion proposing reference to the Committee and their appointment shall be subject to the vote of the Assembly:
  Provided that subject to such vote one or more members may, upon the motion of the Minister-in-charge or of the member who introduced the Bill, be added to the Committee at a subsequent meeting of the Assembly
Members other than Members of Committee may be present at a meeting. 235. Members who are not member of Select Committee may, with the permission of the Chairman, be present during the deliberation of the Committee, but shall not address the Committee nor sit in the body of the Committee:
Provided that a Minister may, with the permission of the Chairman, address the Committee of which he/she may not be a member
(d) Report by Select Committee
Report of Committee. 236. (1) As soon as may be, after a Bill has been referred to a Select Committee, the Select Committee shall meet from time to time, in accordance with rule 205, to consider the Bill and shall make a report thereon within the time fixed by the Assembly:
  Provided that where the Assembly has not fixed any time for the presentation of the report by a Select Committee, the report shall be presented before the expiry of three months from the date on which the Assembly adopted the motion for the reference of the Bill to the Select Committee:
  Provided further that the Assembly may at any time, on a motion being 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) The Select Committee shall in their report state whether the publication of the Bill directed by these rules has taken place, and the date on which the publication has taken place.
  (3) Where a Bill has been altered, the Select Committee may, if they think fit, include in their report a recommendation to the member-in-charge of the Bill that his/her next motion should be a motion for circulation, or where the Bill has already been circulated, for recirculation.
  (4) Any member of the Select Committee may record a minute of dissent on any matter or matters connected with the Bill or dealt within the report.
  (5) A minute of dissent shall be couched in temperate and decorous language and shall not refer to any discussion in the Select Committee nor cast aspersion on the Committee.
  (6) If in the opinion of the Speaker a minute of dissent contains words, phrases or expression which are unparliamentary or otherwise inappropriate, he/she may order such words, phrases or expressions to be expunged from the minute of dissent.
Presentation of Report. 237. The Report of the Select Committee on a Bill together with the minutes of dissent, if any, shall be presented to the Assembly by the Chairman or in his/her absence by any member of the Committee.
Printing and publication of Report. 238. The Principal Secretary shall cause every report of a Select Committee to be printed, and copy of the report shall be made available for the use of every member of the Assembly. The Report and the Bill as reported by the Select Committee, shall be published in the gazette.
(e) Committee on Petitions
Constitution of Committee on Petitions. *239. At the commencement of the Assembly, or from time to time, as the case may be, the Speaker shall nominate a Committee on Petitions consisting of not less than thirteen members:
  Provided that a Minister shall not be nominated a member of the Committee, and that if a member, after his/her nomination to the Committee, is appointed a Minister, he/she shall cease to be a member of the Committee from the date of such appointment.
Function of Committee 240. (1) The Committee shall examine every petition referred to it, and if the petition complies with these rules, the Committee may direct that it be circulated. Where circulation of the petition has not been directed, the Speaker may at any time direct that the petition be circulated.
  (2) Circulation of the petition shall be in extenso or in summary form as the Committee or the Speaker, as the case may be, may direct.
  (3) It shall also be the duty of the Committee to report to the House on specific complaints made in the petition referred to it after taking such evidence as it deems fit and to suggest remedial measures either in a concrete form applicable to the case under review or to prevent such cases in future.
(f) Committee on Public Accounts
Functions of Committee on Public Accounts 241. (1) There shall be a Committee on Public Accounts for the examination of accounts showing the appropriation of sums granted by the Assembly for the expenditure of the Government of Assam, the annual finance accounts of the Government of Assam and such other accounts laid before the Assembly as the Committee may think fit.
  (2) In scrutinising the Appropriation Accounts of the Government of Assam and the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon, it shall be the duty of the Committee to satisfy itself:—
  (a) that the money 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;
  (b) that the expenditure conforms to the authority which governs it; and
  (c) that every re-appropriation has been made in accordance with the provisions made in this behalf under rules framed by competent authority.
  (3) It shall also be duty of the Committee-
  (a) to examine the statement of accounts showing the income and expenditure of State Corporation, trading and manufacturing schemes, concerns and projects 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 financing of a particular corporation, trading or manufacturing scheme or concern or project and the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General thereon;
  (b) to examine the statement of accounts showing the income and expenditure of autonomous and semiautonomous bodies, the audit of which may be conducted by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India either under the directions of the Governor or by a statute of the State Assembly; and
  (c) to consider the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General in cases where the Governor may have required him/her to conduct and audit of any receipt or examine the accounts of stores and stocks.
  (4) If any money has been spent on any service during a financial year in excess of the amount granted by the House for that purpose, the Committee shall examine with reference to the facts of each case the circumstances leading to such an excess and make such recommendation as it may deem fit.
Constitution of Committee *242. (1) The Committee shall consist of not more than thirteen members, who shall be elected by the House from amongst its members according to the principle of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote:
  Provided that a Minister shall not be elected a member of the Committee, and that if a member after his/her election to the Committee is appointed a Minister, he/she shall cease to be a member of the Committee from the date of such appointment.
  (2) The term of office of members of the Committee shall not exceed 30 months from the date of the first formation.
  (4) If any money has been spent on any service during a financial year in excess of the amount granted by the House for that purpose, the Committee shall examine with reference to the facts of each case the circumstances leading to such an excess and make such recommendation as it may deem fit.
(g) Committee on Estimates
Functions of Committee on Estimates 243. There shall be a Committee on Estimates for the examination of such of the estimates as may deem fit to the Committee or are specifically referred to it by the House or the Speaker. The function of the Committee shall be:
  (a) to report what economics, improvements in organisation, efficiency or administrative reform consistent with the policy underlying the estimates may be effected;
  (b) to suggest alternative policies in order to bring about efficiency and economy in administration;
  (c) to examine whether the money is well laid out within the limits of the policy implied in the estimates; and
  (d) to suggest the form in which the estimates shall be presented to Assembly.
Constitution of Committee *244. (1) The Committee shall consist of not more than thirteen members who shall be elected by the House from amongst its members according to the principle of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote:
  Provided that a Minister shall not be elected a member of the Committee, and that if a member, after his/her election to the Committee, is appointed a Minister he/she shall cease to be a member of the Committee from the date of such appointment.
  (2) The term of office of members of the Committee shall not exceed 30 months from the date of its first formation.
Examination of estimates by Committee. 245. The Committee may continue the 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 Committee has made no report.
(h) Committee of Privileges
Constitution of Committee of Privileges *246. At the commencement of the Assembly or from time to time, as the case may be, the Speaker shall nominate a Committee of Privileges consisting of not more than thirteen members.
Examination of question by Committee. 247. (1) The Committee shall examine every question referred to it and determine with reference to the facts of each case whether a breach of Privilege is involved and, if so, the nature of the breach, the circumstances leading to it and make such recommendations as it may deem fit.
  (2) The report may also state the procedure to be followed by the Assembly in giving effect to the recommendations made by the Committee.
Consideration of report 248. (1) After the report has been presented, the Chairman or any member of the Committee or any other member may move that the report be taken into consideration, whereupon the Speaker may put the question to the Assembly.
  (2) Before putting the question to the Assembly, the Speaker may permit a debate on the motion, not exceeding half an hour in duration and such debate shall not refer to the details of the report further than is necessary to make out a case for the consideration of the report by the House.
  (3) After the motion made under sub-rule (1) is agreed to, the Chairman or any member of the Committee or other member as the case may be, may move that the Assembly agrees or disagrees or agrees with amendments, with recommendations contained in the report.
Priority for consideration of report of Committee 249. A motion that the report of the Committee be made into consideration shall be accorded the priority assigned to a matter of privilege under rule 161, unless there has been undue delay in bringing it forward:
Provided that when a date has already been fixed for the consideration of the report, it shall be given priority as a matter or privilege on the days so appointed.
(h-i) Committee on Ethics
Constitution of the Committee on Ethics *249 A (1) At the commencement of the Assembly or from time to time, as the case may be, the Speaker shall nominate a Committee on Ethics consisting of not more than thirteen Members of the House.
  (2) The Chairman of the Committee on Ethics shall be appointed by the Speaker from amongst the members of the Committee on Ethics.
Function of the Committee. *249B( 1) The functions of the Committee on Ethics shall be :-
  1. to frame Guidelines for ethical behaviour of Members both inside and outside the House as well as for etiquette and code of conduct of the Members;
  2. to oversee the moral and ethical conduct of the Members;
  3. to examine the cases referred to it by the Speaker or by the House, from time to time with reference to ethical and other misconduct of the Members;
  4. to consider all the cases relating to code of conduct and etiquette of the Members;
  5. to report with recommendation(s) to the House.
(i) Committee on Subordinate Legislation
Function of Committee on Subordinate Legislation 250. There shall be a committee on Subordinate Legislation to scrutinize and report to the Assembly whether the powers to make regulation, rules, sub-rules, bye-laws, conferred by the Constitution or delegated by the Assembly are being properly exercised within such delegation.
Constitution of Committee. *251. The Committee shall consist of not more than thirteen members who shall be nominated by the Speaker:Provided that a Minister shall not be nominated a member of the Committee, and that if a member; after his/her nomination to the Committee is appointed a Minister, he/she shall cease to be a member of the Committee from the date of such appointment.
Numbering and publication of orders. 252. Each regulation, rule, sub-rule, bye-law etc. framed in pursuance of the provisions of the Constitution or legislative functions delegated by Assembly to a subordinate authority and which is required to be laid before the House, hereinafter referred to as “Order”, shall, subject to such rule as the Speaker may in consultation with the Leader of the House prescribe, be numbered centrally and published in the Gazette immediately after it is promulgated.
Duties of Committee. 253. After each such Order referred to in rule 252 is laid before the House, the Committee shall, in particular, consider-
  1. whether it is in accordance with the general object 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 within an Act of the Assembly;
  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 its publication or in laying it before the Assembly; and
  9. whether for any reason its form or purport calls for any elucidations.
Report of Committee 254. (1) If the Committee is of opinion that any Order should be annulled wholly or in part or should be ammended in any respect, it shall report opinion and the grounds thereof to the Assembly. (2) If the Committee is of opinion that any other matter relating to any orders should be brought to the notice of the Assembly, it may report that opinion and matter to the Assembly.
Power of Speaker to give direction. 255. The Speaker may issue such directions as he/she may consider necessary for regulating the procedure in connection with all matters connected with the consideration of any question of Subordinate Legislation either in the Committee or in the Assembly.
(j) Committee on Government Assurances
Functions of Committee on Government Assurances. 256. There shall be a Committee on Government Assurances to scrutinize the assurances, promises, undertakings, etc. given by Ministers from time to time on the floor of the Assembly and to report on-
  (a) the extent to which such assurances, promises, undertakings, etc. have been implemented; and
  (b) where implemented, whether such implementation has taken place within the minimum time necessary for the purpose
Constitution of Committee. *257. The Committee shall consist of not more than thirteen members who shall be nominated by the Speaker:
  Provided that a Minister shall not be nominated a member of the Committee, and that if a member, after his/her nomination to the Committee, is appointed a Minister he/she shall cease to be a member of the Committee from the date of such appointment.
(k) Rules Committee
Functions of Rules Committee. 258. There shall be a Rules Committee to consider matters of procedure and Conduct of Business in the Assembly and to recommend any amendments or addition to this rule that may be deemed necessary.
Consitution of Committee 259. The Rules Committee shall be nominated by the Speaker and shall consist of thirteen members including the Chairman of the Committee. The Speaker shall be ex-officio Chairman of the Committee.
Laying of Report on the Table. 260. (1) The recommendations of the Committee shall be laid on the Table and within a period of seven days, beginning with the day on which they are so laid, any member may give notice of any amendment to such recommendations.
  (2) Any notice given by a member of any amendment to the recommendations of the Committee shall stand referred to the Commitee who shall consider it and make such changes in their recommendations as the Committee may consider fit. The final report of the Committee after taking into consideration the amendments suggested by the members shall be laid on the Table. Thereafter, on the House agreeing to the report on a motion made by a member of the Committee, the amendments to the rules as approved by the Assembly, shall be circulated to the members and published in the Gazette.
  (3) If a notice of such amendment has not been given within seven days, the recommendations of the Committee shall be deemed to have been approved by the House and on the expiry of the said period the Speaker shall cause the amendments to the rules as recommended by the Committee to be circulated and published in the Gazette.
  (4) The amendments to the rules shall come into force in their publication in the Gazette unless otherwise speicified.
(l) Committee on Public Undertakings
Functions of Committee on Public Undertakings 260A. There shall be a Committee on Public Undertakings for the examination of the working of the Public Undertakings specified in the Fourth Schedule. The functions of the Committee shall be—
  (a) to examine the reports and accounts of the Public Undertakings specified in the Fourth Schedule;
  (b) to examine the reports, if any, of the Comptroller and Auditor General on the Public Undertakings;
  (c) to examine, the context of the autonomy and efficiency of the Public Undertakings, whether the affairs of the Public Undertakings are being managed in accordance with sound business principles and prudent commercial practices; and
  (d) to exercise such other functions vested in the Committee on Public Accounts and the Committee on Estimates in relation to the Public Undertakings specified in the Fourth Schedule as are not covered by clauses (a), (b) and (c) above and as may be allotted to the Committee by the Speaker from time to time:
  Provided that the Committee shall not examine and investigate any of the following, namely:-
  (i) matters of major Government policy as distinct from business or commercial functions of the Public Undertakings;
  (ii) matters of day-to-day administration;
  (iii) matters for the consideration of which machinery is established by any special statute under which a particular public undertakings is established. Functions of Committee on Public Undertakings.
Constitution of the Committee. *260B. (1) The Committee shall consist of not more than thirteen members who shall be elected by the House from amongst its members according to the principle of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote:
  Provided that a Minister shall not be elected as member of the Committee, and that if a member, after his/her election to the Committee, is appointed a Minister he/she shall cease to be a member of the Committee from the date of such appointment.
  (2) The term of office of members of the Committe shall not exceed 30 months from the date of the first formation.
(m) Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes
Functions of the Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. 260C. There shall be a Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. The functions of the Committee shall be:-
  (i) to consider the reports submitted by the Commissioner for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes under Article 338 (2) of the Constitution so far as they relate to the State of Assam and the report to the House as to the measures that should be taken by the State Government in respect of the matters within the purview to the State Government;
  (ii) to report on the action taken by the State Government on the measures proposed by the Committee;
  (iii) to examine the measures taken by the State Government to secure due representation of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in services and posts under the control of the State Government (including the appointments in the Public Sector Undertakings, Statutory and Semi Government Bodies) having regard to the provisions of Article 335 of the Constitution of India;
  (iv) to report to the House on the Working of the Welfare Programmes for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the State;
  (v) to consider generally and to report to the House on all matters concerning the welfare of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes which fall within the purview of the State Government.
  (vi) to examine such other matters as may deem fit to the Committee or are specifically referred to it by the House or the Speaker.
Constitutution of the Committee *260D. (1) The Committee shall consist of not more than thirteen members who shall be elected by the House from amongst its members according to the principle of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote:
  Provided that a Minister shall not be elected as member of the Committee and that if a member, after his/her election to the Committee is appointed a Minister, he/she shall cease to be a member of the Committee from the date of such appointment.
  (2) The term of the office of member of the Committee shall not exceed 30 months from the date of the first formation
  (3) In all other respects, the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Assam Legislative Assembly relating to Assembly Committees shall apply with such variations and modifications as the Speaker may make.
(n) Constitution of the Enquiry Committee of the House
Constitutution of the Committee 260E. (1) On a consensus of the House and after satisfaction of the Speaker that the matter is very serious requiring enquiry, the Speaker may constitute a House Committee to enquire into a matter or a deal raised in the floor of the House in the procedural device as per provisions of Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Assam Legislative Assembly or direction by the Speaker, consisting of the members nominated by the Speaker in the floor of the House.
  (2) The Speaker shall determine the number of members to be nominated and terms of reference for the enquiry Committee of the House so constituted.
  (3) The enquiry Committee of the House constituted under sub-rule (1) of this rule shall derive all powers like other Committees of the House as per provisions of the Rules.
Functions (4) The enquiry Committee shall function from the date of its constitution for a period as stipulated in the notification issued in this behalf and shall cease to exist from the date of presentation of its report of the House for which the enquiry Committee is constituted.
(o) Committee on the Welfare of the Other Backward Classes and More Other Backward Classes
Functions of the Committee, 260F. There shall be Committee on the Welfare of Other Backward Classes and More Other Backward Classes. The function of the Committee shall be—
  1. to examine the matters pertaining to the Welfare of the Other Backward Classes and More Other Backward Classes which fall within the purview of the State Government;
  2. to examine and consider the measures taken by the State Government to secure due representation in services and posts under the Control of the State Government in Public Sector Undertakings;
  3. to review the progress and implementation of the Welfare measures;
  4. to examine and consider such other matters as may deem fit to the Committee or are specifically referred to it by the House or the Speaker.
Constitution of the Committee **260G. (1) The Committee shall consist of not more than thirteen members who shall be elected by the House from amongst its members according to the principle of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote:
  Provided that a Minister shall not be elected as Member of the Committee and that if a Member after his/her election to the Committee is appointed a Minister, he/she shall cease to be a member of the Committee from the date of such appointment.
  (2) The term of the office of Member of the Committee shall not exceed 30 months from the date of the first formation.
  (3) In all other respect the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Assam Legislative Assembly relating to Assembly Committees shall apply with such variations and modifications as the Speaker may make.
(p) Departmentally related Standing Committee
Standing Committee. 260H. (1) There shall be departmentally related Standing Committees of the House (to be called the Standing Committee).
  (2) The Departments under the jurisdiction of each of the Standing Committees shall be covered as specified in the Fifth Schedule:
  Provided that the Speaker may alter the said Schedule from time to time in consultation with the Business Advisory Committee
Constitution of the Committee *260 I. (1) Each of the Standing Committees constituted under Rule 260 H (1) shall consist of not less than 15 (fifteen) and not more than 25 (twenty five) member to be nominated by the Speaker from amongst the members of the Assembly.
  (2) A Minister shall not be nominated as a member of the Committee, and if a member after his/her nomination to the Committee is appointed a Minister, he/she shall cease to be a member of the Committee from the date of such appointment
  (3) The Chairman of Committee shall be appointed by the Speaker from amongst the members of the Committee.
  (4) The term of office of the members of the Committee shall not exceed one year.
Functions. 260J. (1) The functions of each of the Standing Committees shall be:-
  (a) to consider the Demands for grants of the concerned Departments and make a report on the same to the House. The Report shall not suggest anything of the nature of Cut-Motions;
  (b) to consider annual report(s) of Departments if any, and make reports thereon;
  (d) the Standing Committee shall not consider the matters of day to-day administration of the Concerned Departments.
Applicability of provisions relating to functions. 260K. Each of the functions of these Committees as provided in Rule 260 J shall be applicable to the Committee from the date as may be notified by the Speaker in respect of applicability of a particular function.
Procedure relating to Demands for Grants. 260L. The following procedure shall be followed by each of the Standing Committee in their consideration of the Demands for Grants and making a report thereon to the House.
  (a) after the general discussion on the Budget in the House is over, the House shall be adjourned for a fixed period as determined by the Speaker or Business Advisory Committee as the case may be;
  (a) after the general discussion on the Budget in the House is over, the House shall be adjourned for a fixed period as determined by the Speaker or Business Advisory Committee as the case may be;
  (b) the Committee shall consider the Demands for Grants of the concerned Departments during the aforesaid period;
  (c) the Committee shall make their report within the period and shall not ask for more time;
  (d) the Demands for Grants shall be considered by the House in the light of the reports of the Committee; and
  (e) there shall be a separate report on the Demands for Grants of each Department.
Report of the Committee. 260M. (1) The Reports of the Committees shall be based on broad consensus.
 (2) A member of the Standing Committee may give note of dissent on the Report(s) of the Committee(s).
 (3) The note of dissent shall be presented to the House alongwith the Report(s).
Applicability of General Rules. 260N. Except for matters for which special provision is made in the rules relating to the Standing Committee, the general rules applicable to other Legislative Committees in Assembly shall apply to the Standing Committees as specified in fifth schedule.
Venue of sittings 260 O. The Standing Committees shall not work in any other place except the precincts of Assembly House unless otherwise specifically permitted by the Speaker.
Power to have expert opinion 260 P. The Committees may avail of the expert opinion or the public opinion to make the report(s).
Matters not to be considered 260 Q. The Standing Committees shall not generally consider the matters which are under consideration by other Legislature Committees.
Reports to have persuasive value. 260 R. The report of the Standing Committees shall have persuasive value and shall be treated as considered advice given by the Committee.