Assam Legislative Assembly
CHAPTER-XXVI
General Rules of Procedure
Notices
Notices by members 261. (1) Every notice required by these rules shall be given in writing addressed to the Principal Secretary, and signed by the member giving notice, and shall be left at the Assembly Notice Office which shall be kept open for the purpose between the hours to be notified from time to time on every day except Sunday or a public holiday.
  (2) Notice left at the Assembly Notice Office after the hours notified under sub-rule(l) shall be treated as given on the next open day.
Circulation of notices and paper to members 262. (1) The Principal Secretary shall circulate to each member a copy of every notice or other paper which is required by these rules to be made available for the use of members.
  (2) A notice or other paper shall be deemed to have been made available for the use of every member if a copy thereof is deposited in such manner and in such place as the Speaker may, from time to time, direct.
Lapse of Pending notices on prorogation of Assembly. 263. On the prorogation of the Assembly, all pending notices, other than notices of intention to move for leave to introduce a Bill, shall lapse and fresh notices shall be given for the next session:
  Provided that a fresh notice shall be necessary of intention to move for leave to introduce any Bill in respect of which sanction or recommendation has been granted under the Constitution if the sanction or recommendation, as the case may be, has ceased to be operative.
Motion, resolution or amendment moved not to lapse. 264. A motion, resolution or an amendment which has been moved and is pending in the House shall not lapse by reason only of the prorogation of the Assembly and shall have priority over all other motions, resolutions and amendments.
Speaker to amend notices of questions and motions etc. 265. If in the opinion of the Speaker, any notice contains words, phrases or expressions which are argumentative, unparliamentary, ironical, irrelevant, verbose, or otherwise inappropriate, he/she may in his/her discretion amend such notice before it is circulated.
Motions
Identical motions. 266. (1) A motion shall not raise a question substantially identical with one on which the Assembly has given a decision in the same session. The Speaker’s decision on the point whether the question is substantially identical with the previous one shall be final.
  Explanation-The Assembly shall not be deemed to have given a decision in respect of a Bill unless it has either passed the Bill into law or has rejected the Bill.
  (2) Where substantially identical motions stand in the names of two or more members, the Speaker, unless the members have agreed, shall decide whose motion shall be moved and the other motions shall thereupon be deemed to be withdrawn.
Withdrawal of motion. 267. (1) A member who has moved an original motion or an amendment, may withdraw the same with the leave of the House.
  (2) If at the time of putting the question on a motion to the vote of the House, the mover of the motion is absent, it shall be considered to have been withdrawn by him/her, unless any member of the House ask that the question in the motion be put.
Procedure where motion debated and not withdrawn. 268. If debated and not withdrawn, the Speaker shall again read the motion when taking the sense of the Assembly upon it.
Adjournment of debate on motion. 269. At any time after a motion has been made, a member may move that the debate on the motion be adjourned.
Dilatory motion in abuse of the rules of the House. 270. (1) If the Speaker is of opinion that a motion for the adjournment of debate is an abuse of the rules of the Assembly, he/she may either forthwith put the question thereon or decline to propose the question.
  (2) If the Speaker is of opinion that a motion for recirculation of a Bill to elicit further opinion thereon is in the nature of a dilatory motion in abuse of the rules of the House in as much the original circulation was adequate or comprehensive or that circumstances have arisen since the previous circulation to warrant the re-circulation of the Bill, he/she may forthwith put the question thereon or decline to propose the question.
  (3) If the Speaker is of opinion that a motion for recommittal of a Bill to a Select Committee of the House or circulation or re-circulation of the Bill after the Select Committee of the House has reported thereon, is in the nature of a dilatory motion in abuse of the rules of the Assembly in as much as the Select Committee of the House has dealt with the Bill in proper manner or that no unforeseen or new circumstances has arisen since the Bill emerged from such Committee, he/she may forthwith put the question thereon or decline to propose the question
Amendments
Rules as to amendments 271. (1) An amendment shall be relevant to, and within scope of the motion to which it is proposed.
  (2) An amendment shall not be moved which has merely the affect of a negative vote.
  (3) After a decision has been given on an amendment to any part of the motion an earlier part shall not be amended
  (4) An amendment on a motion must not be inconsistent with the previous decision on the same motion given at the same stage of any Bill or motion.
  (5) An amendment to an amendment may be moved with the permission of the Speaker.
  (6) No notice of an amendment to an amendment is required
  (7) The Speaker may refuse to put an amendment which is in his/her opinion frivolous.
Selection of amendment. 272. The Speaker shall have power to select the amendment to be proposed in respect of any motion and may, if he/she thinks fit call upon any member who has given notice of an amendment to give such explanation of the object of the amendment as may enable him to form a judgement upon it.
Order of amendments. 273. (1) When an amendment to any motion is moved, or when two or more such amendments are moved, the Speaker shall before taking the sense of the Assembly thereon, state or read to the Assembly the terms of the original motion and of amendment or amendments proposed.
  (2) It shall be in the discretion of the Speaker to put first to the vote either the original motion or any of the amendments which may have been brought forward.
Division of motion. 274. When any motion involving several points has been discussed, it shall be in the discretion of the Speaker to divide the motion and put each or any point separately to the vote as he/she may think fit.
Rules to be observed by Members
*Rules to be observed by Members.
    275. While the House is sitting, a member-
  1. shall not read any book, newspaper or letter except in connection with the business of the House;
  2. shall not interrupt any member while speaking by disorderly expression or noises or in any other disorderly manner;
  3. shall bow to the Chair while entering or leaving the House, and also when taking or leaving his/her seat;
  4. shall not pass between the Chair and any member who is speaking;
  5. shall not leave the House when the Speaker is addressing the House;
  6. shall always address the Chair;
  7. shall keep to his/her usual seat while addressing the House;
  8. shall maintain silence when not speaking in the House;
  9. shall not applaud when a stranger enters any of the Galleries or the Special Box;
  10. shall not while speaking make any reference to the strangers in any of the Galleries;
  11. shall not obstruct proceedings, hiss or interrupt and shall avoid making running commentaries when another member is speaking;
  12. shall not shout slogans in the House;
  13. shall not sit or stand with his/her back towards the Chair;
  14. shall not approach the Chair personally in the House. He/she may send chits to the officers at the Table, if necessary;
  15. shall not wear to display badges of any kind in the House;
  16. shall not bring or display arms in the House;
  17. shall not display flags, emblems or any exhibits in the House;
  18. shall not leave the House immediately after delivering his speech;
  19. shall not distribute within the precincts of the House any literature, questionnaire, pamphlets, press notes, leaflets, etc. not connected with the business of the House;
  20. shall not place his/her hat/cap on the desk in the House, bring boards in the Chamber for keeping files or for writing purposes, smoke or enter the House with his/her coat hanging on the arms;
  21. shall not carry walking stick into the House unless permitted by the Speaker on health grounds;
  22. shall not tear off documents in the House in protest;
  23. shall not bring or play cassette or tape recorder in the House; and,
  24. shall avoid talking or laughing in Lobby loud enough to be heard in the House
Minister to remain in the House when his portfolio is discussed. 275A. The Minister concerned, when a matter relating for his/her portfolio is under discussion in the House, shall not leave the House without the previous permission of the Speaker.
Members to speak when called by Speaker. 276. When a member rises to speak, his/her name shall be called by the Speaker. If more members than one rise at the same time, the member whose name is so called shall be entitled to speak.
Mode of addressing the House. 277. A member desiring to make any observation on any matter before the House shall speak from his/her place, shall rise when he/she speaks and shall address the Speaker. At any time if the Speaker rises, any member speaking shall immediately resume his/her seat.
Rules of debate 278. (1) A member while speaking shall not-
  1. refer to any matter or fact on which a judicial decision is pending;
  2. make a personal charge against a member;
  3. use offensive expressions about the conduct or proceedings of Parliament or any State Legislature;
  4. reflect on any determination of the House except on a motion for rescinding it;
  5. reflect upon the conduct of persons in high authority unless the discussions is based on a substantive motion drawn in proper term. Explanation: The words “persons in high authority” mean persons whose conduct can only be discussed on a substantive motion drawn in proper terms under the Constitution or such other persons whose conduct in the opinion of the Speaker, should be discussed on a substantive motion drawn in terms to be approved by him/her;
  6. use the President’s or a Governor’s name for the purpose of influencing the debate;
  7. utter treasonable, seditious or defamatory words;
  8. use his/her right of speech for the purpose of obstructing the business of the House.
(2) A Private member may not read his/her speech, but may refresh his/her memory by reference to notes.
Procedure regarding allegation against a person 279. No allegation of a defamatory or incriminatory nature shall be made by a member against any person unless the member has given previous intimation to the Speaker and also to the Minister concerned so that the Minister may be able to make an investigation into the matter for the purpose of a reply:
  Provided that the Speaker may at any time prohibit any member from making any such allegation if he/she is of opinion that such allegation is derogatory to the dignity of the House or that no public interest is served by making such allegation.
Questions to be asked through the Speaker. 280. When, for the purpose of explanation during the discussion or for any other sufficient reasons, any member has occasion to ask a question of another member on any matter then under the consideration of the Assembly, he/ she shall ask the question through the Speaker.
Irrelevance or repetition. 281. The Speaker, after having called the attention of the House to the Conduct of member who persists in irrelevance or in tedious repetition either of his/her own arguments or of the arguments used by other member in debate, may direct him/her to discontinue his speech.
Personal explanation. 282. A member may, with the permission of the Speaker, make personal explanation although there is no question before the House, but in this case no debatable matter may be brought forward and no debate shall arise.
Order of speeches and right of reply
Order of speeches and right of reply. 283. (1) After the member who moves a motion has spoken, other member may speak to the motion in such order as the Speaker may call upon them. If any member who is so called upon, does not speak, he/she shall not be entitled except with the permission of the Speaker, to speak to the motion at any later stage of the debate.
  (2) Except in exercise of a right of reply or as otherwise, provided by these rules no member shall speak more than once to any motion, except with the permission of the Speaker.
  (3) A member who has moved a motion, may speak again by way of reply, and if the motion is moved by a private member, the Minister concerned may, with the permission of the Speaker, speak whether he/she has previously spoken in the debate or not after the mover has replied:
  Provided that nothing in this sub-rule shall be deemed to give any right of reply to the mover of an amendment to a Bill or a resolution save with the permission of the Speaker.
Mover’s reply concludes debate. 284. Subject to the provisions of sub-rule (3) of Rule 283, the reply of the mover of the original motion shall in all cases conclude the debate.
Address by Speaker
Address by Speaker. 285. The Speaker may himself/herself, or on a point being raised or on a request made by a member, address the House at any time on a matter under consideration in the House with a view to aid members in their deliberation, and such expression of views shall not be taken to be in the nature of a decision.
Procedure when Speaker rises
Procedure when Speaker rises 286. Whenever the Speaker rises, he/she shall be heard in silence and any member who is then speaking or offering to speak shall immediately sit down.
Closure
Closure 287. At any time after a motion has been made, any member may move: “That the question be now put”, and unless it appears to the Speaker that the motion is an abuse of the rules or an infringement of the right of reasonable debate, the Speaker shall then put the motion, “ That the question be now put”.
  If this motion is carried, the Speaker shall then put the question after allowing the mover and the Minister to whose department the matter relates to speak in the manner laid down in sub-rule (3) of Rule 283.
Limitation of debate. 288. Whenever the debate on any motion in connection with a Bill or on any other motion becomes unduly protracted, the Speaker may, after taking the sense of the House, fix a time-limit for the conclusion of discussion on any stage or all stages of the Bill or the motion, as the case may be.
  (2) At the appointed hour, in accordance with the time limit fixed for the completion of a particular stage of a Bill or a motion, the Speaker shall, unless the debate is sooner concluded, forthwith put every question necessary to dispose of all the outstanding matter in connection with that stage of the Bill or the motion.
Question for Decision
Procedure for obtaining decision of the House. 289. (1) A matter requiring the decision of the Assembly shall be decided by means of question put by the Speaker on a motion proposed by a member.
  (2) The result of a division shall be announced by the Speaker and shall not be challenged.
Proposal and putting of question. 290. When a motion has been made, the Speaker shall propose the question for consideration and put it for the decision of the House. If a motion embodies two or more separate propositions, those propositions, may be proposed by the Speaker as separate questions.
No speech after voices collected 291. A member shall not speak on a question after the Speaker has collected the voices both of the Ayes and of the Noes on the question.
Division
Division. 292. (1) On the conclusion of a debate the Speaker shall put the question and invite those who are in favour of the motion to say “Aye” and those against the motion to say “No”.
  (2) The Speaker shall then say- “I think the (Ayes or the Noes, as the case may be) have it”. If the opinion of the Speaker as to the decision of a question is not challenged he/she shall say twice: “The Ayes (or the Noes, as the case may be) have it” and the question before the House shall be determined accordingly..
  (3) (a) If the opinion of the Speaker as to the decision of a question is challenged, he/she shall order that the Lobby be cleared.
  (b) After the lapse of three minutes he/she shall put the question a second time and declare whether in his/her opinion the “Ayes” or the “Noes” have it.
  4. (a) If the opinion so declared is again challenged, he/she shall direct the “Ayes” to go into the “Ayes” Lobby and the “Noes” into the “Noes” Lobby. In the “Ayes” or “Noes” Lobby, as the case may be, each member shall call out his/her Division Number and the Division Clerk, while marking off his/her number on the Division List, shall simultaneously call out the name of the member:
  Provided that, if in the opinion of the Speaker the division is unnecessarily claimed, he/she may ask the members who are for “Aye” and those for “No” respectively to rise in their places and, on a count being taken, he/she may declare the determination of the House. In such a case, the names of the voters shall not be recorded.
  (b) After voting in the Lobbies is completed the Division Clerks shall hand over the Division List to the Principal Secretary who shall count the votes and present the totals of “Ayes” and “Noes” to the Speaker.
  (c) The result of a Division shall be announced by the Speaker and shall not be challenged.
  (d) A member who is unable to go to Division Lobby owing to sickness or infirmity may, with the permission of the Speaker, have his/her vote recorded either at his/her seat or in the Members Lobby.
  (e) If a member finds that he/she has voted by mistake in the wrong Lobby, he/she may be allowed to correct his/her mistake provided he/she brings it to the notice of the Speaker before the result of the Division is announced
  (f) When the Division Clerks have brought the Division List to the Principal Secretary’s table, a member who has not upto that time recorded his/her vote but who then wishes to have his/her vote recorded may do so with the permission of the Speaker.
Papers quoted to be laid on the Table
Papers quoted to be laid on the Table. 293. If a Minister quotes in the House a despatch or other State paper which has not been presented to the House, he/she shall lay the relevant paper on the table:
  Provided that this rule shall not apply to any documents which are stated by the Minister to be of such a nature that their production would be inconsistent with public interest:
  Provided further that where a Minister gives in his/her own words a summary or gist of such despatch or State paper it shall not be necessary to lay the relevant papers on the Table.
Treatment of papers laid on the Table. 294. (1) A paper or document to be laid on the Table shall be duly authenticated by the member presenting it.
  (2) All papers and documents laid on the Table shall be considered public.
Procedure when a Minister discloses sources of advice or opinion given to him
Procedure when a Minister discloses sources of advice or opinion given to him. 295. If, in answer to a question or during debate, a Minister discloses the advice or opinion given to him/her by any officer of the Government or by any other person or authority, he/she shall ordinarily lay the relevant document or parts of document containing that opinion or advice, or a summary thereof on the Table.
Objection to vote of a Member on grounds of Personal, Pecuniary or Direct Interest
Objection to vote of a member 296. If the vote of member in a division in the House is challenged on the ground of personal, pecuniary or direct interest in the matter to be decided, the Speaker may, if he/she considers necessary, call upon the member making the challenge to state precisely the grounds of his/her objection and the member whose vote has been challenged to state his/her case and shall decide whether the vote of the member should be disallowed or not and his/her decision shall be final:
  Provided that the vote of a member or members is challenged immediately after the division is over and before result is announced by the Speaker.
  Explanation-For the purpose of this rule the interest of the member should be direct, personal or pecuniary and separately belong to the person whose vote is questioned and not in common with the public in general or with any class or section thereof or on a matter of State Policy.
Withdrawal, Naming and Suspension of Members
Withdrawal. 297. The Speaker may direct any member whose conduct is in his/her opinion grossly disorderly to withdraw immediately from the House, and any member so ordered to withdraw shall do so forthwith and shall absent himself/ herself during the remainder of the day’s meeting.
Naming and Suspension of a Member. 298. (1) The Speaker may, if he/she deems necessary, name a member who disregards the authority of the Chair or abuses the rules of the House by persistently and wilfully obstructing the business thereof.
  (2) If a member is so named by the Speaker, he/she shall forthwith put the question that the member (naming him/ her) be suspended from the service of the House during the remainder of the session:
  Provided that the House may, at any time, on a motion being made, resolve that such suspension be terminated
  (3) A member suspended under this rule shall forthwith quit the precincts of the House. The member so directed to be absent shall not be deemed to be absent for the purpose of clause (4) of Article 190 of the Constitution.
Suspension of Sitting
Suspension of Sitting. 299. In the case of grave disorder arising in the House, the Speaker may, if he/she thinks it necessary to do so, adjourn the House or suspend any sitting for a time to be fixed by him/her, but in no case the adjournment shall exceed one week.
Points of order
Points of order and decisions thereon 300. (1) A point of order shall relate to the interpretation or enforcement of these rules or such Articles of the Constitution as regulate the business of the House and shall raise a question which is within the cognizance of the Speaker.
  (2) A point of order may be raised in relation to the business before the House at the moment:
  Provided that the Speaker may permit a member to raise a point of order during the interval between the termination of one item of business and the commencement of another if it relates to maintenance of order in, or arrangement of business before the House.
  (3) Subject to conditions referred to in sub-rules (1) and (2), a member may formulate a point of order and the Speaker shall decide whether the point raised is of a point of order and if so, give his/her decision thereon, which shall be final.. (5) A point of order is not a point of privilege. (6) A member shall not raise a point of order- (a) to ask for information; or (b) to explain his/her position; or (c) when a question on any motion is being put to the House; or (d) which may be hypothetical; or (e) that Division Bells did not ring or were not heard.
Raising a matter which is not a point of order. 301. A member who wishes to bring to the notice of the House any matter which is not a point of order shall give notice to the Principal Secretary in writing stating briefly the point which he/she wishes to raise in the House together with reasons for wishing to raise it and he/she shall be permitted to raise it, only after the Speaker has given his/her consent and at such time and date as the Speaker may fix.
Conditions of admissibility *301 A. In order that a notice may be admissible it shall satisfy the following conditions :-
  1. It shall not refer to a matter which is not primarily the concern of the Government of Assam;
  2. It shall not relate to a matter which has been discussed in the same session or which is substantially identical to the matter already raised by a member under this rule during the session;
  3. It shall not exceed 250 words;
  4. It shall not raise more than one issue;
  5. It shall not contain arguments, inferences, ironical expressions, imputations, epithets or defamatory statements; and
  6. It shall not refer to proceedings of a Legislature/ consultative Committee.
Time for tabling notices and their validity *301B.(1) Notices received during a week commencing from its first sitting till 10.00 hours on the last day of the week on which the House sits shall be valid for that week.
  (2) Notices received after 10.00 hours on the last day of the week on which the House sits shall be valid for the next week. Notices received after 10.00 hours and up to 10.30 hours on that day shall be deemed to have been received at the same point of time and these shall be balloted to determine the inter-se priority of members. Notices received subsequently shall be arranged in accordance with the date and time of their receipt.
  (3) Notices not selected during the week for which they have been tabled, shall lapse at the end of the week:
Provided that a notice referred for facts under order of the Speaker shall not lapse till it is finally disposed of.
Restrictions on raising matters *301. C (1) No member shall raise more than one matter during a week.
Provided that a notice referred for facts under order of the Speaker shall not lapse till it is finally disposed of.
Maintenance of Order *301. C (1) No member shall raise more than one matter during a week. (2) Only the text approved by the Speaker shall go on record.
Maintenance of Order
Speaker to preserve order and enforce decisions. 302. The Speaker shall preserve order and shall have all powers necessary for the purpose of enforcing his/her decision.
Report of proceedings
Proceedings of the Assembly 303. (1) The relevant copies of the proceedings of the Assembly shall be furnished to the Members concerned for the purpose of correction and return in accordance with Rule 29A. Correction of speeches should be confined to grammatical mistakes and there can be no material alternation.
  (2) Thereafter, the Principal Secretary shall cause a full report of the proceedings to be prepared as soon as possible after each meeting, and shall as soon as practicable, publish it in such form and manner as the Speaker may from time to time, direct:
  Provided that the speeches not corrected by the member shall be indicated by a foot note in the proceedings.
  (3) A copy of the proceedings so published shall be sent to the Governor.
  (3) A copy of the proceedings so published shall be sent to the Governor.
Expunction of words from debates. 304. If the Speaker is of opinion that words have been used in debate which are defamatory or indecent or unparliamentary or undignified, he/she may, in his/her discretion, order that such words be expunged from the proceedings of the House.
Indication in printed debates of expunged proceedings. 305. The portion of the proceedings of the House so expunged shall be marked by asterisk and an explanatoryh. foot note shall be inserted in the proceedings as follows: “Expunged as ordered by the Chair”
Printing and Publication of Assembly Papers
Printing and Publication of Assembly Papers. 306. (1) The Speaker may authorise printing, publication, distribution or sale of any paper, document or report in connection with the business of the House or any paper, document or report laid on the Table or presented to the House or a Committee thereof.
  (2) A paper, document or report printed, published, distributed or sold in pursuance of sub-rule (1) shall be deemed to have been printed, published, distributed or sold under the authority of the House within the meaning of clause (2) of Article 194 of the Constitution.
  (3) If a question arises whether a paper, document or report is in connection with the business of the House or not, the question shall be referred to the Speaker whose decision shall be final
Custody of Papers
Custody of Papers 307. The Principal Secretary shall have custody of all records, documents and papers belonging to the House or any of its Committees or Assembly Secretariat and he/she shall not permit any such records, documents or papers to be taken from the Assembly House without the permission of the Speaker.
Provided that in the absense of the Speaker from the headquarters, the Deputy Speaker may accord such permission
Other Duties of Principal Secretary
Other Duties of Principal Secretary 308. In addition to the other duties specially required of these rules it shall be the duty of the Principal Secretary-
  1. to take charge of all records of the Assembly;
  2. to keep the books of the Assembly;
  3. to keep a list of business for the time being before the Assembly;
  4. to superintend the printing of all papers ordered to be printed;
  5. to make out from time to time a list of all Select Committees sittings;
  6. to assist the Assembly and all Committees in such manner as they may order; and
  7. to write all letters ordered by the Assembly, or by any Committee thereof to be written.
Chamber of Assembly
Restriction on use of Chamber of Assembly 309. The Chamber of the Assembly shall not be used for any purpose other than the sitting of the Assembly except in the case of Presiding Officers Conferences and Seminars for Members of the Assembly
Admission of Strangers
Admission of Strangers. 310. The admission of persons, other than members, to any part of the Assembly Chamber during the sitting of the Assembly shall be regulated in accordance with orders made by the Speaker.
Power to order withdrawal of Strangers 311. The Speaker, whenever he/she thinks fit, may order the Visitors or Press gallery to be cleared.
General Purposes Committee
Constitution of the Committee *311 A. There shall be a General Purposes Committee not exceeding thirteen Members Consisting of Speaker, Leaders of recognised Legislature Parties and Groups of the Assam Legislative Assembly and such other members as may be nominated by the Speaker
  (i) The Speaker shall be the ex-officio Chairman of the Committee.
Functions. (ii) The functions of the Committee shall be to consider any advice on such matters concerning the affairs of the House as may be referred to it by the Speaker from time to time.
  (iii) In other aspects, the general rules applicable to Assembly Committees given in chapter XXV of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Assam Legislative Assembly shall apply with such adoptations, whether by way of modification, addition or commission, as the Speaker may consider necessary or convenient.
Act Implementation Committee
Constitution of of the Committee *311B. There shall be an Act Implementation Committee not exceeding 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.
Functions of the Committee 311C. (1) The functions of the Committee shall be:-
  1. to oversee the extent of implementation of the provisions of the Act within reasonable time in its true spirit: Provided that the Committee shall select Act or Acts for the purpose of examination, scrutiny and report. The Committee shall submit Report to the Hon’ble Speaker and the Hon’ble Speaker after his/her perusal and careful consideration shall send it to the Government for its immediate implementation, and the Government shall report back its implementation or otherwise to the Speaker and the Speaker shall cause the implementation Report to the House through one of the Committees in the next session of the Assam Legislative Assembly.
  2. In other aspect, the general rules applicable to Assembly Committees given in Chapter XXV of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Assam Legislative Assembly shall apply with such adaptations, whether by way of modification, addition or omission, as the Speaker may consider, necessary or convenient.
House Committee.
House Committee *312. (1) There shall be appointed at the commencement of the first session in each year a House Committee for one year to consider and advise upon all matters connected with the comfort and convenience of members of the Assembly, which shall consist of thirteen members to be nominated by the Speaker. The Principal Secretary of the Assembly will be the ex-officio Principal Secretary of the Committee.
  (2) The functions of the Committee shall be:-
  1. to deal with all questions relating to residential accomodation for members of the Assembly;
  2. to exercise supervision over facilities for accomodations, food, medical aid and other amenities accorded to members in Members Hostels at Dispur (Guwahati);
  3. to look to the comfort, convenience of the members as well as maintenance of general discipline in the Hostel;
  4. the fuctions of the Committee shall be advisory; and
  5. the Committee shall frame its own rules and the rule so framed shall be laid on the Table of the House.
Committee on Welfare of Women and Children
Constitution of the Committee **312A(1) There shall be a Committee on the Welfare of Women and Children consisting of not more than 15 Members 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 Member of the Committee from the date of such appointment
  (a) The Chairman of the Committee shall be appointed by the Speaker from amongst the members nominated to the Committee. (b) The term of office of Members of the Committee shall be for one year.
Functions. (2) The functions of the Committee shall be :
  1. to review and monitor the measures taken by the State Government in the direction of securing equality, status and dignity of women in all matters;
  2. to suggest necessary corrective measures for improving the status/condition of women in respect of matters within the purview of the State Government;
  3. to examine the measures taken by the State Government for comprehensive education and adequate representatives of women in Legislative Bodies/Services and other fields;
  4. to review the progress and implementation of the Welfare programmes and other ameliorative measures of Women and Children;
  5. to review the employment of Children below fourteen years of age in hotels or in any arduous or hazardous labour in factories, mines or agricultural operations or the children being subjected to inhuman activities or forced labour in the State;
  6. implementation of any suggestion made or any resolution passed in the House relating to the atrocities, violence or unfair practice perpetrated on or the exploitation of Women and Children in the state;
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  8. to look after the functioning of the institution and Government Department dealing with the Welfare of Women and Children;
  9. to monitor social security measures to mentally retarded, the infirm and the physically handicapped children in order to make them self-sufficient and useful members of the society;
  10. to examine such other matters as may be deemed fit by the Committee or specially referred to it by the House or by the Speaker.
Employment Review Committee
Constitution of the Employment Review Committee 312 B (1) At the commencement of the Assembly or from time to time, as the case may be, the Speaker shall nominate the Employment Review Committee Consisting of not more than thirteen Members of the House - for a period of one year from the date of constituting the committee or till a new committee is constituted in accordance with the Rules.
  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.
  (2) The Chairman of the Employment Review Committee shall be appointed by the Speaker from amongst the Members of the Employment Review Committee.
Functions of the Committee 312 C The functions of the Employment Review Committee shall be :-
  1. to review the Employment position of the people of the State in the various Government Departments/public and private sector industries and undertakings in the state of Assam;
  2. to improve the relationship between the people and the various public sector and private sector industries and undertakings;
  3. to examine the cases referred to it by the Speaker or by the House from time to time with reference to Employment position in the private and public sector industries and Govt. undertakings;
  4. to report with recommendations to the House.
Library Committee
Constitution. *313. (1) There shall be a Library Committee consisting of 13 (thirteen) members nominated by the Speaker. Four members shall form a quorum for the purpose of constituting the meeting of the Committee.
  (a) The Chairman of the Committee shall be appointed by the Speaker from amongst the members nominated to the Committee
  (b) The Members of the Committee shall hold office for a term not exceeding one year.
  (c) Casual vacancies, if occurred in the Committee, shall be filled up by nomination by the Speaker.
Functions. (2) The functions of the Committee shall be:-.
  (a) to consider and advise on such matters concerning the library or on matters as may be referred to it by the Speaker from time to time and to consider suggestions or views of the Members of the Assembly for the improvement of the library.
  (b) to assist members of the Assembly in fully utilising the service provided by the library and
  (c) to suggest improvements on research, reference and information services in the Assam Legislative Assembly
  (3) In all other respects, the general rules applicable to the Assembly Committees contained in Chapter XXV of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Assam Legislative Assembly shall apply with such adaptation, whether by way of modification, addition or omission as the Speaker may consider necessary
Facilities to the Leader of the Opposition
Facilities to the Leader of the Opposition. 313 A. The Leader of the Opposition as defined in clause (p) of Rule 2 shall be provided with all facilities as the Speaker may consider necessary for the due performance of his/her duties.