Assam Legislative Assembly
CHAPTER-IX
Half-an-Hour Discussion on matter arising out of answers to questions.

Discussions on a matter of public importance arising out of answer to question. 49. (1) The Speaker shall allot half-an-hour or such time as he/she deems fit for raising discussion on a matter of sufficient public importance which has been the subject of a recent question, oral or written, and the answer to which needs elucidation on a matter of fact.
  (2) A member wishing to raise a matter shall give notice in writing to the Principal Secretary three days in advance of the day on which the matter is desired to be raised, and shall shortly specify the point or points that he/she wishes to raise:
  Provided that the notice shall be accompanied by an explanatory note stating the reasons for raising discussions on the matter in question:

Provided further that the notice shall be supported by the signatures of at least another member:

Provided further that the Speaker may with the consent of the Minister concerned waive the requirement concerning the period of notice.
  (3) The Speaker shall decide whether the matter is of sufficient public importance to be put down for discussion, and may not admit a notice which, in his/her opinion, seeks to revise the policy of Government and not more than one such matter shall be raised on a particular day.
  (4) If more than two notices have been received and admitted by the Speaker, the notice which is prior in point of time shall have precedence:

Provided that if any matter put down for discussion on a particular day is not disposed of on that day it shall not be set down for any other day, unless the member so desires, in which case it shall be included in the ballot for the next available day.
  (5) There shall be no formal motion before the House nor voting. The member who has given notice may make a short statement and it will be open for discussion. The Minister concerned shall give a short reply:

Provided that if the member who has given notice is absent the other member who has supported the notice may, with the permission of the Speaker, initiate the discussion.