Assam Legislative Assembly
RULES OF PROCEDURE
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CONDUCT OF BUSINESS
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ASSAM LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
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Eleventh Edition

ASSAM LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT
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PREFACE
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER I
Short title and definitions:
RULE  
  1. Short Title
  2. Definitions
CHAPTER II
Summons to Members, Seating, Oath or Affirmation and Roll of Members.
  1. Summons to Members
  2. Seating of Members
  3. Oath or Affirmation
  4. Roll of MemberS
CHAPTER III
Election of Speaker and Deputy Speaker and Panel of Chairmen.
  1. Election of Speaker by the Assembly
  2. Election of Deputy Speaker
  3. Panel of Chairmen
  4. Power of persons presidinG.
    A Delegation of powers to Deputy Speaker
CHAPTER IV
Sitting of the House.
  1. Hours of Sittings
    A When is Sitting of the House duly constituted
  2. Adjournment of House
CHAPTER V
Governor’s Address and Message to the Assembly.
  1. Governor ’s Address
  2. Scope of discussion and amendment
  3. Presentation of Motion of Thanks to Governor
  4. Other business that they may be taken up
  5. Government’s right of reply
  6. Time limit for speeches
  7. Governor ’s Address under Article 175(1)
  8. Message from Governor
CHAPTER VI
Arrangement of Business, Provisional Programme and List of Business
(a) Arrangement of Business
  1. Arrangement of Government Business
  2. Precedence of Private Members’Bills
  3. A Precedence of Private Members Resolutions
  4. Allotment of time for Private Members Business and Precedence of Business
  5. Business outstanding at end of day
(b) Provisional Programme and List of Business
  1. Provisional Programme
  2. List of Business
CHAPTER VII
Meeting, Quorum and Language of the Assembly
  1. Quorum
  2. Language of the Assembly
  3. Proceedings not invalid for failure to comply with rules
    A Correction of speech
CHAPTER VIII
(a) Questions
  1. Quorum
  2. Question Hour
  3. Period of Notice
  4. Form of Notice
  5. “Starred” and “Unstarred” Questions
  6. Supplementry Questions
  7. Limit of number of Questions
  8. Rotational allotment of days for Questions
  9. Conditions of admissibility of Questions
  10. Speaker to decide admissibility of Questions
  11. Speaker to decide if a question is to be treated a starred or unstarred
  12. Power to disallow questions
  13. List of questions
  14. Questions to Private Members
  15. Mode of asking questions
  16. Starred questions of absent members
  17. Answer to questions not put
  18. Withdrawal or postponement of questions
  19. Unanswered Starred questions
    1. Lapse of pending questions referred to members
    2. Prohibition of advance publicity of answer
(b) Short Notice Questions
  1. Short notice questions
CHAPTER IX
Half-an-Hour Discussion on matters arising out of answers to questions
  1. Discussion on a matter of public importance arising out of answer to questions
CHAPTER X
Discussion on a matter of urgent public importance for short duration
  1. Notice of raising discussion
  2. Speaker to decide admissibility
  3. No formal motion
  4. Time limit for speeches
CHAPTER XA
  1. Calling attention to a matter of urgent public importance
CHAPTER XI
Statement made by a Minister
  1. Statement by a Minister
CHAPTER XII
Motions for adjournment on a matter of public importance
  1. Motions for adjournments
  2. Restrictions on power to make motion
  3. Method of giving notice
  4. Motion for discussion on matters before tribunals, Commissions, etc.
  5. Mode of asking for leave to move adjournment motion
  6. Time for taking up motion
  7. Closure of debate
  8. Time limit for speeches
CHAPTER XIII
Legislation
(a) Introduction
  1. Publication of Bills before introduction
  2. Notice of motion for leave to introduce Private Members Bills
  1. Publication of Bills before introduction
  2. Notice of motion for leave to introduce Private Members Bills
    1. Notice of Identical Bill
    2. Introduction of a Bill dependent on another bill pending before the House
  3. Financial memorandum and money clauses 40
  4. Explanatory memorandum to bills delegating legislative powers
  5. Discussion of Governor’s Ordinance
  6. Statement in connection with Ordinances
  7. Motion for leave to introduce a bill
  8. Publication
(b) Motions after introduction
  1. Motion after introduction
  2. Discussion of Bills-First Reading
  3. Persons by whom motions in respect of Bills may be made
  4. Procedure on report after presentation
  5. Scope of debate on report of Select Committee
(c) Consideration and Amendment of Bills
  1. Notice of amendment
  2. Condition of admissibility of amendments
  3. Sanction or recommendation of the President or the Governor to be annexed to notice of amendment
  4. Communication of sanction or recommendation of President or Governor in respect of amendments to Bills
  5. Selection of new clause or amendments
  6. Arrangement of amendments
  7. Order of amendments-Second Reading
  8. Mode of moving amendments
  9. Withdrawal of amendments
  10. Submission of Bills, clause by clause
  11. Postponement of clause
  12. Consideration of Schedules
  13. Voting on group of clauses and Schedules
  14. Clause one, Enacting Formula, Preamble and Title of Bill
(d) Adjournment of debate on Bill and withdrawal of Bills
  1. Adjournment of debate on Bills
  2. Withdrawal of Bills
  3. Explanatory statement by member who moves or opposes withdrawal motion
(e) Passing of Bills
  1. Passing of Bills-Third Reading
  2. Scope of Debate
  3. Correction of patent errors
    1. Reconsideration of Bills returned by the Governor
  4. Reconsideration of Bills returned by the Governor
  5. Notice of motion for consideration of amendments
  6. Motion for consideration
  7. Scope of Debate
  8. Consideration of amendments
  9. Procedure on consideration of amendments
  10. Passing again of Bill
  11. Disagreement of the House with message
CHAPTER XIV
Petitions
  1. Scope of petitions
  2. General form of petition
  3. Authentication of petition
  4. . Documents not to be attached
  5. Counter signature
  6. Petition to be addressed to House
  7. Notice of presentation
  8. Presentation of petition
  9. Form of petition
  10. Reference to Committee on Petitions
CHAPTER XV
Resolutions
  1. Notice of resolutions and order of moving them
  2. Form of resolution
  3. Form and contents of resolution
  4. Ballot for determining relative precedence
  5. Speaker to decide admissibility of resolution
  6. Raising discussion on matters before tribunals etc
  7. Motion and withdrawl of resolutions
  8. Limit of discussion
  9. Amendments
  10. Notice of Amendments
  11. Time limit for speeches
  12. Withdrawal of resolution
  13. Resolution not discussed
  14. Splitting of resolution
  15. Repetition of resolution
  16. Copy to Government
CHAPTER XVA
Special Motions
  1. A. Special Motions to set precedence over other Motions
CHAPTER XVI
Motions
  1. Discussion on a matter of public interest by motions Notice of motion-Conditions of admissibility of motion Speaker to decide admissibility of motions- Time limit for speeches
  2. Motion for raising discussion on matters before tribunals, commissions, etc.
CHAPTER XVII
The Ministry
No-confidence and resignation
  1. Motion of no-confidence in the Ministry
  2. Personal statement by Minister on resignation
CHAPTER XVIII
Removal of Speaker and Deputy Speaker
  1. Resolution of removal of Speaker and Deputy Speaker
  2. Leave of House to take up resolution
  3. Inclusion of resolution in the list of business
  4. Time limit for speeches
CHAPTER XIX
(a) Budget
  1. Presentation of Budget
  2. Discussion on the Budget
  3. Demands for Grants-Details of new scheme etc. to be supplied to members
  4. Stages of Budget debate
(b) General Discussion
  1. General discussion, Right of reply by Finance Minister, Time limit for speeches
(c) Demand for Grants
  1. Voting on Demands
  2. Cut Motions
  3. Conditions of admissibility of Cut Motions
  4. Speaker to decide admissibility of Cut Motion
  5. Notice of Cut Motions
  6. Votes on credit and exceptional grants
  7. Vote on account
  8. Supplementry, additional, excess and exceptional grants and votes on credit
  9. Scope of discussions on Supplementry grants
  10. Token grants
(d) Appropriation Bill
  1. Appropriation Bill
(e) Finance Bill
  1. Finance Bill
  2. Business that can be taken upon a day allotted for Financial Business
  3. Time limit for disposal of Financial business
CHAPTER XIXA
Budget Committee of the Assam Legislative Assembly
  1. A. Constitution of Budget Committee, function of the Committee
CHAPTER XX
Question of Privilege
  1. Breach of privilege how brought to the notice of the House
A. Complaint by a member
  1. Notice of complaint of member
  2. Condition for the admissibility of a question of privilege
  3. Presentation of complaint
  4. Speaker to refer the matter to the Committee of Privilege
  5. Power of Speaker to give direction
  1. Breach of privilege how brought to the notice of the House
A. Complaint by a member
  1. Notice of complaint of member
  2. Condition for the admissibility of a question of privilege
  3. Presentation of complaint
  4. Speaker to refer the matter to the Committee of Privilege
  5. Power of Speaker to give direction
B. Complaint by a petition
  1. Complaint by petition
C. Complaint by a Committee
  1. Complaint by a Committee
  2. Substantive Motion
D. Special Procedure relating to complaint against Members
  1. Notice to Member complained against
  2. Member to be heard
  3. Withdrawal of Member concerned
E. General
  1. Opportunity to person charged
  2. Summoning the party charged
  3. Punishment
  4. Groundless complaint
  5. Execution of order of the House
  6. Brevity of Debate
  7. Power of Speaker to refer question of privilege to Committee
F. Intimation to Speaker of arrest, detention, etc. and release of a member
  1. Intimation to Speaker by Magistrate of arrest, detention, etc. of a member.
  2. Intimation to Speaker on release of a member
  3. Treatment of communication received from Magistrate
G. Procedure regarding service of a legal process and arrest within the precincts of the Assembly
  1. Arrest within the precincts of House
  2. Services of legal process
  3. Treatment of communication received from Magistrate
G. Procedure regarding service of a legal process and arrest within the precincts of the Assembly
  1. Arrest within the precincts of House
  2. Services of legal process
CHAPTER XXI
Subordinate Legislation
  1. Laying of regulation, rule, etc. on the Table
  2. Allotment of time for discussion of amendment
  3. Regulations, rule etc. as amended to be laid on the Table
CHAPTER XXII
Resignation and Vacation of Seats in the House
  1. Vacation of seats in House
CHAPTER XXIIA
Resignation and Vacation of Seats in the House
    1. Leave of absence from the sittings of the House
  1. Resignation of seats in Assembly
CHAPTER XXIII
Communication between the Governor and the Assembly
  1. Communication from the Governor to the Assembly
    Communication from the Assembly to the Governor
CHAPTER XXIV
Secret sitting of the Assembly
  1. Secret Sitting
  2. Report of the proceedings
  3. Procedure in other respects
  4. Lifting of ban of secrecy
  5. Disclosure of proceeding or decision
CHAPTER XXV
Assembly Committees
(a) General
  1. Committee to include Assembly Committee
  2. Appointment of Committee
  3. Objection to the membership of Committee
  4. Term of office of Committee nominated by the Speaker
  5. Resignation from Committee
  6. Chairman of Committee
  7. Principal Secretary of the Committee
  8. Quorum
  9. Discharge of members absent from sitting of Committee
  10. Voting in Committee
  11. Casting vote of Chairman
  12. Power to appoint Sub-Committees
  13. Sittings of Committee
  14. Committee may sit whilst Assembly is sitting
  15. Sittings of Committee in private
  16. Venue of sitting
  17. All strangers to withdraw when Committee deliberates
  18. Power to take evidence or call for documents
  19. Power to send for persons, papers and records
  20. Counsel for witness
  21. Evidence on oath
  22. Procedure for examining witnesses
  23. Record of decision of Committees
  24. Evidence, report and proceedings treated as confidential
  25. Special report
  26. Report of Committee
  27. Availability of report to Government before presentation
  28. Presentation of report
  29. Printing, Publication or Circulation of report Prior to its presentation to Assembly
  30. Power to make suggestions on procedure
  31. Power of Committee to make detailed rules
  32. Power of Speaker to give directions
  33. Business before Committee not to lapse on prorogation of Assembly
  34. Unfinished work of Committee
  35. Applicability of general rules to Committees
(b) Business Advisory Committee
  1. Constitution of Business Advisory Committee
  2. Functions of Committee
  3. Report of Committee
  4. Allocation of Time order
  5. Disposal of outstanding matter at the appointed hour
  6. Variation in the Allocation of Time order
(c) Select Committee
  1. Composition of Select Committee
  2. Members other than members of Committee may be present at a meeting
(d) Report by Select Committee
  1. Report of Committee
  2. Presentation of report
  3. Printing and Publication of report
(e) Committee on Petitions
  1. Constitution of Committee on Petitions
  2. Function of Committee
(f) Committee on Public Accounts
  1. Functions of Committee on Public Accounts
  2. Constitution of Committee
(g) Committee on Estimates
  1. Functions of Committee on Estimates
  2. Constitution of Committee
  3. Examination of Estimates by Committee
(h) Committee of Privileges
  1. Constitution of Committee of Privileges
  2. Examination of question by Committee
  3. Consideration of report
  4. Priority for consideration of report of Committee
(h-i) Committee on Ethics
    1. (1) Constitution of committee
    2. (1) Functions
(i) Committee on Subordinate Legislation
  1. Functions of Committee on Subordinate Legislation
  2. Constitution of Committee
  3. Numbering and publication of Orders
  4. Duties of Committee
  5. Report of Committee
  6. Power of Speaker to give direction
(j) Committee on Government Assurances
  1. Functions of Committee on Government Assurances
  2. Constitution of Committee
(k) Rules Committee
  1. Functions of Rules Committee
  2. Constitution of Committee
  3. Laying of Report on the Table
(l) Committee on Public Undertakings
    1. Functions of Rules Committee
    2. Constitution of the Committee
(m) Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes
  1. C. Functions of the Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes
    D. Constitution of the Committee
(n) Constitutution of the Enquiry Committe of the House
  1. E. Constitution of the Committee
(o) Committee on the Welfare of the Other Backward Classes and More Other Backward Classes
  1. F. Functions of the Committee
    G. Constitution of the Committee
(p) Departmentally Related Standing Committee
  1. H. Standing Committee
    I. Constitution of the Committee
    J. Functions
    K. Applicability of provisions relating to function
    L. Procedure relating to Demands for Grants
    M. Report of the Committee
    N. Applicability of General Rules
    O. Venue of Sittings
    P. Power to have expert opinion
    Q. Matters not to be considered
    R. Reports to have persuasive value
CHAPTER XXVI
General Rules of Procedure
Notices
  1. Notices by members
  2. Circulation of notices and papers to members
  3. Lapse of pending notices on prorogation of Assembly
  4. Motion, resolution or amendment moved not to lapse
  5. Speaker to amend notices of questions and motions etc.
Motions
  1. Identical motions
  2. Withdrawal of Motion
  3. Procedure where motion debated and not withdrawn
  4. Adjournment of debate on motion
  5. Dilatory motion in abuse of the rules of House
Amendments
  1. Rules as to amendments
  2. Selection of amendment
  3. Order of amendments
  4. Division of motions
Rules to be observed by Members
  1. Rules to be observed by members
  2. A. Minister to remain in the House when his Portfolio is discussed
  1. Members to speak when called by Speaker
  2. Mode of addressing the House
  3. Rules of debate
  4. Procedure regarding allegation against a person
  5. Questions to be asked through the Speaker
  6. Irrelevance or repetition
  7. Personal explanation
Order of speeches and right of reply
  1. Order of speeches and right of reply
  2. Mover’s reply concludes debate
Address by Speaker
  1. Address by Speaker
Procedure when Speaker rises
  1. Procedure when Speaker rises
Closure
  1. Closure
  2. Limitation of debate
Question for decision
  1. Closure
  2. Procedure for obtaining decision of the House
  3. Proposal and putting of question
  4. No speech after voices collected
Division
  1. Division
Papers quoted to be laid on the Table
  1. Papers quoted to be laid on the Table
  2. Treatment of papers laid on the Table
Procedure when a Minister discloses sources of Advice or Opinion given to him
  1. Procedure when a Minister discloses sources of Advice or Opinion given to him
Objection to vote of a member on grounds of personal, pecuniary or direct interest
  1. Objection to vote of a member
Withdrawal, Naming and Suspension of Members
  1. Withdrawal
  2. Naming and Suspension of a Member
Suspension of Sitting
  1. Suspension of Sitting
Points of Order
  1. Points of Order and decisions thereon
  2. Raising a matter which is not a point of order
    1. Conditions of Admissibility
    2. Time for tabling notices and their validity
    3. Restrictions on raising matters
Maintenance of Order
  1. Speaker to preserve order and enforce decisions
Report of Proceedings
  1. Proceedings of the Assembly
  2. Expunction of words from debates
  3. Indication in printed debates of expunged proceedings
Printing and Publication of Assembly Papers
  1. Printing and Publication of Assembly papers
Custody of Papers
  1. Custody of Papers
Other Duties of Principal Secretary
  1. Other duties of Principal Secretary
Chamber of the Assembly
  1. Restriction of use on Chamber of Assembly
Admission of Strangers
  1. Admission of Strangers
  2. Power to order withdrawal of Strangers
General Purpose Committee
  1. A. Admission of Strangers
  2. A(ii) Power to order withdrawal of Strangers
Act Implementation Committee
    1. B. Constitution of the Committee
    2. C. Functions of the Committee
House Committee
  1. House Committee
Committee on Welfare of Women and Children
  1. A (1) Constitution of the Committee
    A (2) Fuctions of the Committee
Employment Review Committee
  1. B (1) Constitution of the Committee
    C Functions of the Committee
Library Committee
  1. Constitution
CHAPTER XXVII
Interpretation of Rules
  1. Interpretation
  2. Residuary Power
  3. Suspension of Rules
SCHEDULE
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