30. Unless the Speaker otherwise directs, the first hour of
every sitting shall be available for the asking and answering
31. Unless the Speaker otherwise directs, not less than ten
and not more than twenty one clear days notice of a
question shall be given.
32. (1) Notice of a question shall be given in writing to the
Principal Secretary and shall specify—
(2) Where a notice is signed by more than one member, it
shall be deemed to have been given by the first signatory
(a) the official designation of the Minister to whom the
question is addressed; and
(b) the date on which the question is proposed to be placed
on the list of questions for answer.
33. (1) Questions may be either “Starred” or “Unstarred”.
(2) Unless the Speaker otherwise directs, no question shall
be placed on the list of questions for answer until five days
have expired from the day when notice of such question
was given by the Principal Secretary to the Minister to
whom it was addressed.
(3) Separate notices shall be given for “Starred” and
Provided that questions requiring elaborate statistical
information or reports may not be “Starred”.
(4) A member who desires an oral answer to his/her question
shall distinguish it by an asterisk. If he/she does not
distinguish it by an asterisk the question shall be placed on
the list of questions for written answer.
34. (1) No discussion shall be permitted during the time
for questions under rule 32 in respect of any question or of
any answer given to a question.
(2) Any member when called by the Speaker may ask a
supplementary question for the purpose of further
elucidating any matter of fact regarding which an answer
has been given:
Provided that the Speaker shall disallow any
supplementary question, if, in his/her opinion, it infringes
the rules regarding questions.
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35. (1) Not more than one question distinguished by asterisk
by the same member and not more than twenty questions
in all shall be placed on the list of questions for oral answer
on any one day:
Provided that the Speaker in his/her discretion may
allow not more than three questions distinguished by
an asterisk by the same member if the exigencies of
Provided further that when a question is postponed or
transferred from the list of questions for oral answer to
another, more than one question may stand in the name of
one member and the total number of questions may exceed
by such postponed or transferred question.
(2) The order in which questions for oral answer are to be
placed shall be indicated by the member giving notice and,
if no such order is indicated, the questions shall be placed
on the list of questions for oral answer in the order in which
notices are received in point of time.
(3) If a question is not distinguished by an asterisk, or if a
question placed on the list of questions for oral answer on
any day is not called for answer within the time available
for answering question on that day, a written answer to
such question shall be deemed to have been laid on the
Table at the end of the Question Hour or as soon as the
questions for oral answers have been disposed of as the
case may be, by the Minister to whom the question is
Provided that if a member, on being called by the
Speaker, states that it is not his/her intention to ask the
question standing in his/her name, the question shall be
treated as having been withdrawn and no written answer
thereto shall be deemed to have been laid on the Table.
(4) If there is no Question Hour on any day on which the
House sits, written answers to questions placed on the list
of questions for written answer on that, if any, shall be laid
on the Table by a Minister on behalf of all the Ministers to
whom such questions are addressed.
(5) Generally, no oral reply shall be required to a question
to which a written answer is given and no supplementary
questions shall be asked in respect thereof.
of days for
36. (1) The time available for answering questions shall
be allotted on different days in rotation for the answering
of questions relating to such Department or Departments
as the Speaker may, from time to time, provide, and on
each such day, unless the Speaker with the consent of the
Minister concerned, otherwise directs, only questions
relating to the Department or Departments for which time
has been allotted on that day shall be placed on the list of
questions for oral answer.
37. No question may be asked which does not satisfy the
following conditions, namely:
(1) It must not bring in any name or statement not strictly
be necessary to make the question intelligible.
- (2) If it contains a statement by the member himself/herself
the member asking it must make himself/herself responsible
for the accuracy of the statement.
- (3) It must not contain arguments, inferences, ironical or
offensive expression, imputation, epithets or defamatory
- (4) It must not ask for an expression of opinion or the
solution of a hypothetical proposition.
- (5) It must not refer to the character or conduct of any
person except in his/her official or public capacity.
- (6) It must not be of excessive length.
- (7) It shall not repeat in the same session in substance
questions already answered or to which an answer has been
- (8) It shall not require information set-forth in easily
available documents or in ordinary works of reference.
- (9) It shall not ask for information on a matter which is
under adjudication by a Court of Law having jurisdiction
in any part of India.
- (10) It shall not ordinarily ask about matters pending before
any statutory tribunal or statutory authority performing any
judicial or quasi-judicial functions or any commission or
court of enquiry appointed to enquire into, or investigate
any matter but may refer to matter concerned with
Procedure or Subject or stage of enquiry if it is not likely
to prejudice the consideration of the matter by theTribunal
or Commission or Court of enquiry.
- (11) It shall not reflect on the character or conduct of any
person whose conduct can only be challenged on a
- (12) It shall not make or imply a charge on personal
- (13) It shall not ask for information on trivial, vague and
- (14) It shall not ask for information on matters of past
- (15) It shall not relate to a matter with which a Minister is
not officially connected.
- (16) It shall not relate to day-to-day administration of local
bodies or other semi-autonomous bodies. The Speaker may,
however, allow questions which arise out of their relation
with the Government or refer to breaches of law or rules
or relate to important matters involving general welfare.
- (17) It shall not refer to debates in the current session.
- (18) It shall not criticise decisions of the House of the
- (19) It shall not seek information about matters, which in
their nature are secret, such as, decisions or proceedings
of the Cabinets, advice given to the Governor by law
officers and other subjects, the disclosure of which is
against public interest.
- (20) It shall not deal with matters before a Committee
appointed by the House or with matters within the
jurisdiction of the Chairman of a Select Committee or the
authorities of the House.
- (21) It shall not refer discourteously to a friendly foreign
- (22) It shall not raise questions of policy too large to be
dealt within the limits of an answer to a question.
- (23) In matters which are or have been the subject of
controversy between the Union Government and the State
Government, no question shall be asked except as to matters
of fact, and the answer shall be confined to statement of
Speaker to decide
38. (1) The Speaker shall decide whether a question, or a
part thereof, is or is not admissible under these rules and
may disallow any question which, or a part thereof, when
in his/her opinion, it is an abuse of the right of questioning
or is calculated to obstruct or prejudicially effect the
procedure of the House or is in contravention of these rules.
(2) Subject to the provisions of rule 34(3), the Speaker
may direct that a question be placed on the list of questions
for answer on a date later than that specified by a member
in his/her notice, if he/she is of the opinion that a longer
period is necessary to decide whether the question is or is
Speaker to decide
if a question is to
be treated as
39. If in the opinion of the Speaker any question put down
for oral answer is of such a nature that written reply would
be more appropriate, the Speaker may direct that such
question be placed on the list of questions for written
Provided that the Speaker may, if he/she thinks fit, call
upon the member who has given notice of a question for
oral answer to state in brief his/her reasons for desiring an
oral answer and, after considering the same, may direct
that the question be included in the list of questions for
40. The Speaker may within the period of notice disallow
any question or any part of the question on the ground
that it relates to a matter which is not primarily the concern
of the Government of the State and if he/she does so, the
question or part of the question shall not be placed on the
list of questions.
41. (1) Questions which have not been disallowed, shall
be entered in the list of questions for the day for oral or
written answer, as the case may be, in accordance with the
orders of the Speaker.
|Order in which
to be called.
(2) Questions for oral answers shall be called if the time
made available for questions permits, in the order in which
they stand on, the list before any other business is entered
upon at the sitting:
Provided that a question not reached for oral answer
may be answered after the end of the Question Hour with
the permission of the Speaker if the Minister represents to
the Speaker that the question is one of special public
interest to which he/she desires to give a reply.
42. A question may be addressed by a member to a private
member provided the subject matter of the question relates
to some Bills, resolutions or other matter connected with
business of the House for which that member is responsible
and the procedure in regard to such question shall, as far
as may be, be the same as that followed in the case of
questions addressed to a Minister with such variations as
the Speaker may consider necessary or convenient.
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43. (1) Questions shall be put and answers given in such
manner as the Speaker may, in his/her discretion determine.
(2) When the time for asking questions arrives, the Speaker
shall call successively each member in whose name a
question appears on the list of question.
(3) The member so called shall rise in his/her place and
unless he/she states that it is not his/her intention to ask
the question standing in his/her name, ask the question by
reference to its number on the list of questions.
(4) If on a question being called it is not asked or the
member in whose name it stands is absent, the Speaker
may, at the request of any member, direct that the answer
to it be given.
* (5) The replies to oral questions shall be laid in the table
of each member in the House an hour before the
commencement of the sitting of the House each day:
Provided that the Minister in whose name the replies
to the oral questions stand shall not read the answers but
reply to the supplementaries for elucidating matter of fact
regarding which an answer is given:
Provided further, that the Speaker may in his/her
discretion regulate the asking of supplementary questions
and replies by Minister thereto.
of an absent
44. When all the questions for which oral answers are
desired have been called, the Speaker may, if time permits,
call again any question which has not been asked by reason
of the absence of the member in whose name it stands, and
may also permit a member to ask a question standing in
the name of another member, if authorised by him.
45. The Speaker at the request of a member may direct a
Minister that an answer to a question which has been called
may be given on the ground of public interest even though
the question notice put or the member in whose name it
stands is absent.
46. A member may, by notice given at any time before
the sitting for which his/her question has been placed
on the list, withdraw his/her question or postpone it to a
later day the question shall, subject to the provisions of
Rule 38, be placed on the list after all questions which
have not been so postponed:
Provided that a postponed question shall not be
placed on the list until two clear days have expired from
the day when the notice of postponement has been
received by the Principal Secretary.
on last day of
47. Replies to any starred questions which remain
unanswered on the last day of the session, shall be
circulated to the members, and such replies shall form
part of the proceedings of the last day.
|Lapse of pending
47 A. Where a reference is made to a member in
connection with the notice of a question and no reply is
received or a reply received from him/her is too late for
the consideration of the Speaker and the placing of the
question, if admitted, on the list of questions for an
appropriate date, such notice shall be deemed to have
47 B. Answers to questions which Ministers propose to
give in the House shall hot be released for publication
until the answers have actually been given on the floor
of the House or laid on the Table.
(b) Short Notice Questions
48 (1). A question relating to a matter of public
importance may be asked with notice not shorter than
ten clear days from the last day of the sitting of the
Assembly session and if the Speaker is of opinion that
the question is on an urgent character he/she may, in
consultation with the Ministers concern, fix a day for
the reply to such a question.
(2) Such question will be, called immediately after the
starred questions listed for the day have been disposed
of, and if the question hour has either been dispensed
with or has not been provided for, it may be called for
answer as the first item of business, and if there is any
new member to take oath or affirmation then immediately
(3) If the Minister is unable to answer the question at
short notice and the Speaker is of opinion that the question
is of sufficient public importance to be orally answered
in the House, he/she may direct that the question be treated
as a Starred Question and be given priority and answer
(4) Where two or more members give short notice
question on the same subject and one of the questions is
accepted for answer at short notice, the names of the other
members shall be bracketed with the name of the members
whose questions have been accepted for answer:
Provided that the Speaker may direct that all notices
be consolidated into a single notice, if in his/her opinion
it is desirable to have a single self contained question
covering all the important points raised by members and
the Minister shall then give his/her reply to the
Provided further that in the case a consolidated
question the names of all the members concerned may be
bracketed and shown against the question in the order of
priority of their notice.
(5) Where a member desires an oral answer to question
at a shorter notice, he/she shall briefly state the reasons
for asking the question with short notice, where no reasons
have been assigned in the notice of the question, the
question shall be returned to the member.
(6) The member who has been given notice of the question
shall be in his/her seat to read the question when called by
the Speaker and the Minister concerned shall give reply
Provided that when a question is shown in the names
of more than one member the Speaker shall call the name
of the first member, or in his/her absence, any other name.
(7) In other respects, the procedure for short notice
questions shall be the same as for ordinary questions for
oral answer, with such modifications as the Speaker may
consider necessary or convenient.