I am very much happy to see the publication entitled "Handbook for Members" brought out by the officers and staff of the Manipur Legislative Assembly Secretariat. This work is a compilation of various provisions of the Constitution, rules and procedures, and Directions issued by the Speaker which have been scrupulously observed in conducting the Business of the House, in maintaining the dignity and decorum of the House and those who belong to it. The rules, procedures and the conventions cited in this publication are those that are currently followed in the State Assembly. For a fuller treatise, however, I would recommend the readers to refer to the Constitution of India, Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Manipur Legislative Assembly and the Practice and Procedure of Parliament, and the Directions issued by the Speaker.
My officers/staff have done a good job and they deserve commendation for their hard work and their thoughtfulness in recognizing the need for bringing out such a publication for reference by the Hon'ble Members in exercising their legislative functions.
I am sure this publication will prove very helpful to our Hon'ble Members especially those who are new in the legislative field. I do hope that our Hon'ble Members will make good use of this publication by familiarizing with the contents of the book.
Once again I congratulate our officers/staff for bringing out this publication at a time when it is most needed.
DR. S. DHANANJOY
The 7th Nov., 2001 MANIPUR LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
The Handbook for Members has been prepared to serve as a guide for the Members of the State Legislative Assembly particularly newly elected Members on various Parliamentary terms. This Handbook contains a brief account of the Procedure that is followed in the House and information about the functioning of the Legislature and its Committees. The information contained in this publication is not exhaustive and should not be treated as authoritative. For this purpose Members are requested to cite and rely upon the provisions of the Constitution, Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Manipur Legislative Assembly and Directions issued by the Speaker under the Rules of Procedures, established conventions and practices.
TH. CHOURAJIT SINGH
The 5th Nov., 2001 MANIPUR LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
| Editor :
|| Shri Th. Chourajit Singh,
Manipur Legislative Assembly
| Associate Editors :
|| Shri R.K. Rajendra Singh,
Manipur Legislative Assembly
|| Shri A.K. Tiken,
Manipur Legislative Assembly
|| Shri S. Devendra Singh,
Manipur Legislative Assembly
| Assistant Editors :
||Shri Raju Yanglem,
Manipur Legislative Assembly
||Shri S. Mungyamba,
Manipur Legislative Assembly
CHAPTER I :
CHAPTER II :
Assembly Composition, Business and Procedure
1. Composition and duration of the Assembly
2. Session of the Assembly
3. Oath or Affirmation by Members
4. Time and duration of sittings
5. Commencement of a sitting
6. Election of Speaker
7. Election of Deputy Speaker
8. Address by the Governor
9. Norms prescribed under Rule 323, 325, 327 & 331 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business
in Manipur Legislative Assembly
10. Provisional calendar of sitting
11. Attendance Register
12. Leave of Absence from the Sitting of the House
14. Mode of notices to be submitted by the members
15. Obituary Reference
16. Language to be used by members during debate
17. Procedure regarding Questions
18. Half-an-Hour discussion on matter arising out of answer to question
19. Adjournment Motion
21. Calling Attention
22. Motion for modification of regulation, rules etc. laid on the Table
23. Reports to be presented
24. Short Duration Discussion
25. Private Members' Business
27. Resolution on ratification of amendment of Constitution
29. Matter under Rule 337
31. Private Members' Bill
32. Bill relating to the Hill Areas
33. Governor's/President's Assent to Bill
35. Cut Motions
36. Vote on Account
37. Appropriation Bill
38. Election/nomination of members of the various Committees of the House
39. Hill Areas Committee
40. Members to speak when called by the Speaker
41. Rules to be observed while speaking
42. Unparliamentary language
43. Point of order
44. Personal explanation
45. Right of reply
47. Petition to Assembly
48. Legislative Notice Office cum Parliamentary Branch
49. Effect of prorogation
50. Reports of proceedings
51. Supply of manuscript proceedings
52. Bulletin and brief record of proceedings
53. Admission to Visitors' Galleries
54. Resolution for removal of Speaker/Deputy Speaker from Office
55. Motion of No-Confidence in the Council of Ministers
57. Information regarding arrest, detention etc. of members
58. Security arrangement in Assembly Secretariat during Assembly Session
59. Manipur Branch of CPA
60. Salary and other facilities entitled to members
CHAPTER - I
(1) "Act" - A Bill passed by the Legislature and assented to by the Governor or the President, as the case may be.
(2) "Adjournment of the House" - An adjournment terminates the sitting of the House which meets again at the time appointed for the next sitting.
(3) "Adjournment sine die" - It means the termination of a sitting of the House without any definite date being fixed for the next sitting.
(4) "Agenda paper" - This is equivalent to the List of Business issued under the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business and contains items of business to be taken up for a particular day by the House in the order in which they stand in it.
(5) "Appropriation Bill" - This Bill, after it is passed, authorises the withdrawal or appropriation from and out of the Consolidated Fund of the State and in a schedule specifies the amount which has been granted under each grant. This Bill is brought in after the demands for grants for the services of a financial year or a part of a financial year have been passed by the House. No amendment shall be proposed to any such Bill which will have the effect of varying the amount or altering the destination of any grant (Art. 204).
(6) "Ballot" - This is a method applied to determine the relative precedence of private members' resolutions and other notices under the rules.
(7) "Bill" - It is the draft of a legislative proposal put in the proper form which, when passed by the Legislature and assented to by the Governor or the President, as the case may be, becomes an Act.
(8) "Breach of privilege" - It means disregard of any of the rights and amenities either of members individually or of the House in its collective capacity. In practice, however, it also applies to other contempt, i.e., acts or omissions which either directly obstruct the House in the performance of its functions or tend indirectly to produce this result by lowering the authority of the House in the eyes of the public.
(9) "Budget" - It is an annual financial statement of estimated receipts and expenditure of the Government in respect of a financial year (Rule 201).
(10) "Bulletin" - It means the Bulletin of the House. It is published in three parts - Part I containing a brief record of the proceedings of the House in each of its sittings ; Part II containing information on any matter relating to or connected with the business of the House or other matter which in the opinion of the Speaker may be included therein; and Part III containing information regarding Assembly Committees [Rule 3(1)].
(11) "Casting Vote" - It is the vote cast by the Speaker, or person acting as such, in the House and by the Chairman, or person acting as such, in a Committee, in the case of an equality of votes on a matter (Art. 189 and Rule 241).
(12) "Crossing the floor" - This means passing between the member in possession of the House and the Chair. To cross the floor is a breach of the Parliamentary Etiquette.
(13) "Cut Motion" - It means a motion for the reduction of a demand for grant by or to a specified amount.
(14) "Demands for Grants" - A detailed statement of estimated expenditure proposed by Government in respect of a Department/Item of work, placed before the House for its approval.
(15) "Division" - The mode of arriving at a decision on a proposed measure or question by recording votes for or against it.
(16) "Expunction" - It means deletion of words, phrases or expressions from the proceedings or records of the House by an order of the Speaker as being defamatory or indecent or unparliamentary or undignified or otherwise inappropriate.
(17) "Financial Bill" -
(a) A Bill making provision for any of the matters specified in sub-clauses (a) to (f) of
clause (1) of Art. 199 is called a Financial Bill. Such a Bill cannot be introduced except on
the recommendation of the Governor.
(b) A Bill which if enacted and brought into operation would involve expenditure from
the Consolidated Fund of the State is also called a Financial Bill. Such a Bill cannot be
passed in the House unless the Governor has recommended the consideration of the Bill. In
other words, the Governor's recommendation is not a condition precedent to its introduction
as in the case of Money Bills or other Financial Bills of the first category but in this case it
will be sufficient if the Governor's recommendation is received before the Bill is considered.
(18) "Guillotine" - It is another form of closure. It means the putting by the Speaker of any outstanding question or questions relating to the business in hand on the expiry of the time allotted for its discussion. Unlike closure, the guillotine to be applied is not preceded by any motion. The Chair forthwith puts the question without further debate. Under the rules, guillotine, technically speaking, applies only to budget demands.
(19) "Leader of the House" - The leader of the majority party in the House, i.e., the Chief Minister, usually functions as the Leader of the House. A Minister who is a member of the House may, however, function as the leader of the House, if so nominated by the Chief Minister.
(20) "Lobby" - It is the covered corridor immediately adjoining the Assembly Hall and counterminous with it. [Rule 3(1)]
(21) "Member in charge of the Bill" - Means the Member who has introduced the Bill and any Minister in the case of Government Bill. [Rule 3(1)]
(22) "Money Bill" - A Bill containing only provisions dealing with all or any of the matters specified in sub-clauses (a) to (g) of clause (1) of Article 199 of the Constitution is a Money Bill. Such a Bill cannot be introduced except on the recommendation of the Governor if it makes provisions for any of the matters specified in sub-clauses (a) to (f) of Article 199.
(23) "Motion" - It means a proposal made by a member for the consideration of the Assembly relating to any matter which may be discussed by the Assembly, and includes an amendment. [Rule 3(1)]
(24) "Naming a member" - It is a declaration by the Speaker that a member has been guilty of some irregular or improper conduct. When the Speaker names a member, he says "I name, Mr. so-and-so for disregarding the authority of the Chair". When the Speaker names a member for disregard of the authority of the Chair, persistent and wilful obstruction of the business of the House by abusing the rules of the House or otherwise, or grossly disorderly conduct, a motion is moved that the offender be suspended from the service of the House. The question on the motion is put forthwith, no debate being allowed. The member so named is suspended from the service of the House for a period not exceeding the remainder of the session. The House may however, at any time, on a motion being made, resolve that such suspension be terminated. A member so suspended must forthwith withdraw from the precincts of the House.
(25) "Order, Order" - The Speaker sometimes says this to call the House to order, or to ask the House to hear the Chair or a member in possession of the House.
(26) "Ordinance" - A law made by the Governor in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Article 213 of the Constitution.
(27) "Precincts of the House" - It means and includes the Legislative Building, the grounds surrounding, structures and such other places as specified under Rule 3. The precincts of the House cannot be used for any purpose other than business connected with the Legislature except with the permission of the Speaker.
(28) "Private Member" - It means a member other than a Minister.
(29) "Prorogation" - It means the termination of a session of the House by an order made by the Governor under Article 174(2)(a) of the Constitution.
(30) "Putting the question" - When the debate on a motion is finished the Presiding Officer puts the question to the vote of the House. The question is put in the form, "The question is ............ (then follows the text of the motion)".
(31) "Quorum" - Means the minimum number of members required to be present at a sitting of the House or the Committee for valid transaction of its business. The quorum to constitute a meeting of the House is one-fourth of the total number of the members. [Rule 20]
The quorum to constitute a sitting of a Committee shall not be less than one-third of the total number of members of the Committee. [Rule 237(1)]
(32) "Roll of Members" - It is a register in which newly elected members sign, after making and subscribing the oath or affirmation and before taking their seats for the first time in the House (Rule 8).
(33) "Session" - Means the whole period, from the time when the Assembly meets to the time when it is prorogued. [Rule 3(1)]
(34) "Sitting of the House" - A sitting of the House is duly constituted when it is presided over by the Speaker or any other member competent to preside over a sitting of the House under the Constitution or the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Manipur Legislative Assembly. (Rule 17)
(35) "Statutory Resolution" - A resolution in pursuance of a provision in the Constitution or an Act.
(36) "Summons" - It is an official communication issued by the Secretary of the Legislative Assembly to the Members of the Assembly informing them of the Governor's order notifying the place, date and time of commencement of a session of the Assembly. (Rule 4)
(37) "Table of the House" - This table is just in front of the desk of the Secretary below the Speaker's Chair. Papers which are required to be laid on the Table of the House are placed on this table.
(38) "To catch the Speaker's eye" - If a member desires to speak on any motion before the House he rises in his place and the Presiding Officer calls upon him to speak. If several members rise simultaneously the Presiding Officer calls upon the member who first "catches his eye". In practice, however, the names of speakers on a particular subject are pre-arranged between the Whips of the different parties and a list of the names is supplied to the Presiding Officer. The Presiding Officer calls upon members from the list.
(39) "Treasury Bench" - The name given to the bench occupied by the Ministers, that is, the bench, just on the right side of the Speaker. It is also called the Government bench.
(40) "Vote on Account" - A grant made by the Legislature in advance in respect of the estimated expenditure of the Government for a part of a financial year pending the voting of Demands for Grants of the Financial year.
(41) "Whips" - In the Legislature, members who manage the affairs of the parties and organize their forces in Divisions and Debates are known as "Whips". Their chief duty is to arrange the business of their party in the House and inform their members of all forthcoming business.
CHAPTER - II
assembly composition, business and procedure
1. composition and duration of the ASSEMBLY:
The Manipur Legislative Assembly consists of 60 (sixty) elected members. Unless sooner dissolved the life of the Assembly is 5(five) years from the date appointed for its first meeting beginning with the address of the Governor under Article 176(1) and the expiration of the said period of 5(five) years operates as dissolution of the Assembly.
While a Proclamation of Emergency is in operation, the said period of five years may, however, be extended by Parliament by law for a period not exceeding one year at a time and not extending in any case beyond a period of six months after the Proclamation has ceased to operate. (Art. 172)
2. session of the ASSEMBLY:
Subject to Article 174 of the Constitution of India in every year the Assembly shall have not less than three sessions as provided under Rule 17(A).
The Assembly shall be summoned by the Governor from time to time to meet at such time and place as he may appoint, but six months shall not intervene between its last sitting in one session and the date appointed for its first sitting in the next session. The Governor may also from time to time prorogue the Assembly or dissolve the Assembly. (Art. 174)
The Secretary issue summons to each member specifying the date and place for a session of the House at least 12(twelve) clear days before the date so appointed. [Rule 4(2)]
Prorogation by the Governor terminates the session of the Assembly and within a session the Speaker may adjourn the House from time to time or adjourn sine-die.
3. oath or affirmation by MEMBERS:
(1) In pursuance of Article 188 of the Constitution, members have to take the oath or make
affirmation before taking their seats in the Assembly in the prescribed form. The Governor himself
may administer oath or affirmation to the members or he may appoint some person for the
(2) Members may make oath or affirmation either in Manipuri or English.
4. time and duration of SITTINGS:
Subject to the direction of the Speaker, sittings of the House shall ordinarily take place from 11.00 hours to 17.00 hours with a break from 13.00 hours to 14.00 hours.
5. commencement of a SITTING:
At the commencement of a sitting, the Speaker or in his absence, any other Presiding Officer enters the Assembly Hall from the Office Chamber of the Speaker, preceded by the Marshal who announces the Speaker or the Presiding Officer in English. On hearing the announcement, members proceed to their seats and remain standing there. Officer at the Table and Reporters also stand in their places.
He proceeds to his Chair on the dais, bows to all sides of the House- first to the left, then to the right and thereafter to the front - and then takes his seat. Members shall also respond by bowing to the Chair and take their seats as soon as the Speaker occupies the Chair. Other members who may be in the process of entering the Assembly Hall wait in the gangway near the door and proceed to their seats only after the Speaker has taken his seat.
6. election of SPEAKER:
Under Rule 10(1), at the beginning of a new Assembly or owing to a vacancy in the office of the Speaker, the Governor fixes a date for holding the election of the Speaker and a notice will be sent to every member by the Secretary informing it.
At any time before noon on the day preceding the date so fixed, any member may give notice in writing to the Secretary, nominating another member for the post of the Speaker of the House and the notice should be seconded by a third member and should be accompanied by a statement by the member whose name is proposed in the notice that he is willing to serve as Speaker, if elected.
7. election of deputy SPEAKER:
The same procedure to the election of Speaker will apply to the election of Deputy Speaker except that the date of election is fixed by the Governor when there is no Speaker or by the Speaker when there is a Speaker.
8. address by the governor:
At the commencement of the first session after each general election to the Legislative Assembly, after the election of the Speaker, and at the commencement of the first session of each year, the Governor addresses the Legislative Assembly and informs the Legislature of the causes of its summons. [Art. 176(1) and Rule 22(1)].
The Governor may also address the Assembly and may for that purpose, require the attendance of members under Article 175(1) of the Constitution.
On his arrival at the Assembly, the Governor is received by the Speaker along with the Leader of the House and Leader of the Opposition at the Assembly Gate. Then, the Governor proceeds to the Assembly Hall in a procession formed as follows:
(ii) The Secretary, LA
(v) Chief Minister
(vi) Leader of the Opposition
(vii) The Secretary to the Governor and
All members present will rise in their seats as the procession enters the Assembly Hall and resume their seats after the Governor has taken his seat. After the delivery of the Address, the Governor leaves the Assembly Hall escorted by the Deputy Speaker and the Secretary, Manipur Legislative Assembly up to the porch. The Speaker shall report to the Assembly that the Governor had been pleased to make a speech and shall lay a copy of the Speech on the Table of the House and will be distributed to the members. [Rule 22(2)]
On such report being made, notice is given to a motion that a respectful address be presented to the Governor in reply to his speech expressing the thanks of the Assembly for the speech delivered by him.
The Speaker, in consultation with the Leader of the House, allots time for discussion of the matters referred to in Governor's Address.
On such day or days or part of any day, the House discusses the matters referred to in such Address on a Motion of Thanks moved by a member and seconded by another member. (See Download Form No. 1)
This occasion provides for a general debate commonly known as the debate on the Governor's Address on the matters referred to in the Governor's Address. Amendments may be moved to such motion by way of adding additional words at the end but not otherwise, on such notice being given as the Speaker may determine.
(See Download Form No. 2)
The motion having been adopted shall be conveyed to the Governor by the Speaker. (Rule 28)
9. norms prescribed under rules 323, 325, 327 and 331 of rules of PROCEDURE AND conduct of business in manipur legislative assembly.
(a) Rule 323 - During the sitting of the House, a member :
(i) shall not read any book, newspaper or letter except in connection with the business of the House;
(ii) shall not interrupt any member while speaking by disorderly expression, or noises or in any
other disorderly manner;
(iii) shall bow to the chair while entering or leaving the House, and also when taking or leaving his
(iv) shall not pass between the chair and any member who is speaking;
(v) shall not leave or cross the floor of the House when the Speaker is addressing the House;
(vi) shall always address the Chair;
(vii) shall keep to his usual seat while addressing the House;
(viii) shall maintain silence when not speaking in the House;
(ix) shall not obstruct proceedings, hiss or interrupt and shall avoid making running commentaries
when speeches are being made in the House;
(x) shall not, while speaking, point to any stranger in any gallery.
(b) Rule 325. A member desiring to make any observations on any matter before the House
shall rise when he speaks and shall address the Speaker:-
Provided that a member disabled by sickness or infirmity may be permitted by the Speaker to speak while
(c) Rule 327. When for the purpose of explanation during discussion or for any other sufficient
reason any member has occasion to ask a question of another member on any matter,
then under the consideration of the House, he shall ask the question through the Speaker.
(d) Rule 331.
(i) Whenever the Speaker speaks (addresses) he shall be heard in silence and any member
who is then speaking or offering to speak shall immediately resume his seat.
(ii) No member shall leave his seat while the Speaker is addressing the House.
10. provisional calendar of sitting:
A provisional programme of business for the session shall be circulated to each of the members of the House by the Secretary at least seven days ahead of the commencement of the House. Provided that the Speaker may relax the rule in exceptional circumstances. (Rule 37)
11. attendance register:
Article 190(4) of the Constitution provides that if for a period of 60 days a member is without permission of the House, absent from all meetings, thereof, the House may declare his seat vacant. Provided that in computing the said period of 60 days, no account shall be taken of any period during which the House is prorogued or is adjourned for more than four consecutive days.
In view of the direction by the Speaker, an accurate record of attendance of members is maintained. So all members whenever they attend the sitting of the Assembly or the meeting of the Committee may be asked to sign in the attendance register. For the convenience of the members the attendance register is kept in the lobby of the Assembly Hall during the sitting of the House and the Committee Room during the meeting of the Committee. The Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Ministers, State Ministers, Deputy Ministers, the Chairman Hill Areas Committee and Parliamentary Secretaries are exempted from this liability. A member who has not signed the attendance register within the first half of the working hour of the day shall be treated as absent. The attendance register shall also be taken as a basis for allowing daily allowance to members.
A member who has not attended more than half of the working hour of the day shall be treated as absent.
12. leave of absence from the sitting of the house:
(1) Article 190(4) of the Constitution provides that if for a period of sixty days a member of the House is without permission of the House absent from all meeting thereof, the House may declare his seat vacant.
(2) A member should seek the prior permission of the Speaker for his absence during the sitting of the Assembly irrespective of the number of days of absence.
(1) Under Rule 20 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Manipur Legislative Assembly, the quorum to constitute a sitting of the House shall be one-fourth of the total number of members of the House.
(2) Before the Speaker takes the Chair in the morning and the House commences its sitting, the Marshal ascertains that there is quorum and after he has reported to the Speaker that there is quorum, the Speaker takes the Chair. Thereafter the Speaker presumes that there is quorum at all times. If at any time it is brought to the notice of the Speaker that there is no quorum, the quorum bell will ring.
14. mode of notices to be submitted by the members:
All notices of Questions, Resolutions, Calling Attention, Discussion for Short Duration, Bills, Amendments etc. shall be given in writing to the Secretary and shall be delivered between 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m., on any working day in the Legislative Notice Office cum Parliamentary Branch. Notice received after 3.00 p.m. shall be treated as given on the next working day. (Rule 319)
Members are required to use as far as practicable the necessary forms available from the Legislative Notice Office cum Parliamentary Branch when they intend to give notice.
The period of notices of the following item of business is as follows:-
Questions - 10 clear days. [Rule 43(1)]
Resolutions - 5 days. [Rule 105(3)]
Amendment of - 36 hours before the day fixed for the
Resolution discussion of the Resolution [Rule 114(1)]
Private Members' Bill - 5 days. [Rule 141(3)]
Amendment to Bill - 1 day before the day on which the Bill is to be considered.
Motion for reduction of - 2 days before. [Rule 210]
demand i.e. cut motions
Half-an-hour Discussion - 2 days before. [Rule 63(3)]
Resolution for removal of - 14 days (Article 179 and Rule 307 )
Speaker and Dy. Speaker
Adjournment Motion - By 10.00 a.m. on the day on which the motion is proposed to be
made. (Rule 65)
15. obituary reference:
It is customary to make obituary reference in the House on the passing away of sitting members/ex-members, Governor/ex-Governors of the State, Secretaries of the Legislative Assembly and outstanding personages of national and international repute.
Obituary reference is being made just after the completion of question hour.
16. language to be used by members during debate:
Subject to the provisions of the Constitution of India, Article 210(1) under Rule 318 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Manipur Legislative Assembly, business of the Assembly shall be transacted in Manipuri and English.
17. procedure regarding questions:
The first hour of every sitting of the Assembly is made available for answering Questions, unless the Speaker otherwise directs. (Rule 44)
Questions are classified as Starred Question, Unstarred Question and Short Notice Question. (Rule 39)
a. Notice of questions :
(i) Notice of questions should be signed and addressed to the Secretary specifying the official
designation of the Minister concerned. (Rule 50)
(ii) Not less than 10 clear days notice shall be given to the Secretary for Starred Questions and
Unstarred Questions to be put in the List of Questions.
(iii) Questions relating to each Minister and each Department should be given on separate sheets of
paper. If the notices of questions are not received in this nature, questions will be returned back in
original without any action.
b. Starred Questions and Unstarred Questions :
(i) If a member desires oral answer, he should indicate the question by putting an asteric (*)
before it. (See Download Form No. 3)
(ii) Only written replies are given on unstarred Question. ( See Appendix IV)
(iii) The Speaker may change the class of Questions and may give reasons to the members for doing
so. (Rule 59)
(iv) Only 3(three) Starred Questions can be asked on a single day by a member (Rule 46). The
Starred Questions include Short Notice Questions but does not include postponed questions.
(v) Questions which fulfill Rule 41 and which are admitted shall be entered in the list of questions
for the day in order of their receipt.
(vi) No questions and answers shall be released in public in advance.
(vii) Supplementary questions may be allowed by the Speaker on Starred Questions for further
elucidation. However, no discussion is permitted during Question Hour.
The Speaker may disallow any supplementary question if in his opinion it infringes rules regarding questions.
c. Short Notice Questions :
(i) Three clear days notice is required for Short Notice Questions. However with the approval of
the Speaker and the consent of the Minister concerned a question relating to a matter of sufficient
public importance may be admitted within 24 hrs. of its receipt. (See Download Form No. 5)
Provided that a brief reason for asking the question should be stated in the notice. Where no reasons have been stated in the notice, it shall be returned to the member. [Rule 42(1,2,4,6,)]
(ii) When there are more than one member to ask the question, the Speaker shall call the first
member or in his absence any other member.
d. Questions addressed to private members :
A question may be addressed to a private member for obtaining information relating to a bill or resolution or other matter connected with the business of the House.
The procedure in regard to such question is the same as followed in the case of questions addressed to Ministers.
Supplementary questions are not permitted on such Questions. And Short Notice Questions cannot be addressed to private members.
e. Clubbing of names of members on a Question :
When a large number of notices of questions are received from several members on the same and allied subject, the Speaker may direct that all the notices be consolidated into a single notice if, in his opinion it is desirable to have a single self contained question covering all the important points raised by members.
Provided that in the case of such a consolidated question, the names of all the members concerned shall be bracketed and shown against the question in order of priority of their notices.
f. Answering questions of absent members :
If there are questions which have not been asked by reason of absence of members in whose name it stands the Speaker may if time permits call again for asking the question or permit another member if so authorised by him or any interested member may be allowed to ask the question. (Rule 52)
g. Supply of statements in answer to questions :
(i) When a statement is to be laid on the Table of the House in answer to a question for oral answer
or where reference is made to the answer to a previous question, a copy of the statement
together with a copy of the question and answer to which reference is made shall be made
available to the member concerned half-an-hour in advance of Question Hour.
(ii) The Departments of the Government should send copies of written answers to questions in twenty
sheets each to the Secretary, Manipur Legislative Assembly by 4.00 p.m. one day before the day
fixed for answer.
h. Withdrawal and postponement of questions :
A member may with the consent of the Speaker withdraw or postpone his question to a later day by giving notice any time before the sitting of the day on which the question is listed. (Rule 53)
18. half-an-hour discussion on matter arising out of answer to question :
Half-an-hour discussion on matter arising out of answers to questions is held during the sitting of the House on Mondays and Wednesdays after the termination of its usual business. The subject matter of such discussion should be of sufficient public importance which has been the subject of a recent question, oral or written and answer to which needs elucidation on a matter of fact.-[Rule 63(1)]
Notice for raising a half-an-hour discussion should be given in writing addressed to the Secretary on the prescribed form available in the Legislative Notice Office cum Parliamentary Branch at least two days in advance of the day on which the matter is to be raised. But the Speaker may with the consent of the concerned Minister, waive the requirement concerning the period of notice. [Rule63(3)]
The notice should be accompanied by an explanatory note stating the reason for raising the discussion and the notice should be supported by the signatures of at least two other members. (See Download Form No. 6)
Two notices may be taken up at one sitting. If more than two notices have been received and admitted by the Speaker, the Secretary would held a ballot with a view to draw the two motions and the notices would be put down in which they were received in the point of time. [Rule 63(5)]
If any matter put down for discussion in a particular sitting is not disposed of at that sitting, it is not set down for any other sitting, unless the member so desires in which case it shall be included in the ballot for the next available day.
The member who has given notice may make a short statement and the Minister concerned shall reply shortly. And any member, who has previously intimated to the Speaker is permitted to ask a question for the purpose of further elucidating any matter of fact. And the member, who has introduced the subject might be permitted to speak a second time to make a reply and the discussion would end with the statement of the Minister concerned.
If the member who has given the notice is absent any member who has supported the notice may, with the permission of the Speaker initiate the discussion.
19. adjournment motion :
A motion for adjournment of the House for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent public importance may be made with the consent of the Speaker. Provided that the matter is not barred by restrictions on right to move listed under Rule - 66.
a. Notice of adjournment motion:
A notice of adjournment motion should be given by 10.00 hours on the proposed day's sitting, and a copy of the notice should be given to –
(i) The Speaker,
(ii) The Minister concerned, and
(iii) The Secretary.
However a notice received later than 10.00 hours before the sitting shall be deemed to have been received for the next day. (Rule 65) (See Download Form No. 7).
If the Speaker is not in possession of full facts about the matter mentioned therein, he may hear the Minister concerned and the signatories to the notice on facts before giving his consent to raise the matter in the House. (Rule 68)
Only one adjournment motion restricted to a specific matter of recent occurrence shall be taken up in one sitting.
The motion shall neither raise a question of privilege nor revive discussion on matter which has been discussed in the same session.
b. Objection of leave :
If objection to leave being granted is taken, the Speaker shall request those members who are in favour of leave being granted to rise in their places and if not less than ten members rise, the Speaker shall intimate that leave is granted.
c. Duration of discussion :
The motion shall be taken up one hour before the termination of the business of the day or at an earlier hour if the Speaker so directs and the discussion shall end automatically on the expiration of two hours after it began. There shall be no further question.
20. privileges :
Privileges are the special rights enjoyed by the Legislative Assembly, its members and committees of the House. Article 194 of the Constitution deals with the privileges of the members of the House and its Committees. The House is empowered to define the privileges.
A complaint for which the intervention of the House is required after a specific matter of recent occurrence has caused breach of privilege to a member of the House or to a Committee can be brought to the notice of the House either by -
(i) a member, or
(ii) a report from the Secretary, or
(iii) a report from a committee with
the consent of the Speaker. (Rule 78, 80)
If the complaint is against a member, the Speaker may hear him before giving his consent.
Provided that the House may take action without any complaint if the breach is committed in actual view of the House. (Rule 78)
Only one question on the breach of privilege can be raised in one sitting. (Rule 80)
If the Speaker considers that the matter to be raised is in order, he may give his consent for raising the same, which shall be after the question hour. [Rule 81(1)]
If objection is taken, the Speaker requests the members who are in favour of the leave being granted to rise in their places. If not less than ten members rise, the Speaker declares that the leave is granted.
After leave is granted, the House may consider the matter and come to a decision or refer it to the Committee of Privileges on a motion made either by the member who has raised the question of privilege or by any other member. The Speaker may also refer any matter of privileges to the Committee of Privileges.
a. Punishment for committing breach of privileges :
If the Committee of Privileges found any breach committed, it can recommend any of the following punishments which the House has the power to inflict :-
(iii) Suspension of a member;
(v) Expulsion of a member;
(vi) Imprisonment, which cannot extend beyond the prorogation or dissolution; or
(vii) Any other punishment under Article 194.
b. Immunity of the members within the precincts of the House.
No arrest shall be made within the precincts of the House without obtaining the permission of the Speaker. (Rule 103)
No service of legal process, either civil or criminal shall be served within the precincts of the House.
21. calling attention :
With the previous permission of the Speaker, a member may call the attention of a Minister to any matter of urgent public importance and the Minister may make a brief statement immediately or ask for time to make a statement at a later time. [Rule 77(1)]
No debate is permitted on such a statement at the time it is made, but each member in whose name the item stands in the list of business may with the permission of the Speaker ask a specific and brief clarificatory question.
A member can give not more than two such notices for any one sitting. If a notice is signed by more than one member, it will be deemed to have been given by the first signatory only.
Notices of a calling attention should be addressed to the Secretary. Copies of the notices should be endorsed separately to the Speaker and the minister concerned and left in the Legislative Notice Office cum Parliamentary Branch.
Printed form of notice are available in the Legislative Notice Office cum Parliamentary Branch.
(See Download Form No. 8)
Notice for a sitting received up to 10.00 hours shall be deemed to have been received at 10.00 hours on that day and a ballot shall be held to determine the relative priority of each such notices on the same subject. Notices received after 10.00 hours shall be deemed to have been given for the next day. [Rule 77(2)]
22. motion for modification of regulation, rules etc. laid on the table :
A regulation, rule, sub-rule, bye-law etc. framed in pursuance of the Constitution or of the legislative functions delegated by Legislature to a subordinate authority is laid before this House, the period specified in the Constitution or the relevant Act for which it is required to be laid shall be completed before the House is adjourned sine die and later prorogued; unless otherwise provided in the Constitution or the relevant Act. [Rule 189(1)]
If the specified period is not so completed, the regulation, rules sub-rule, bye-law etc. are re-laid in the succeeding session or sessions until the said period is completed in one session.
Before completion of the above period, any member may give notice of a motion for modification by way of amendment to such regulation, rule, sub-rule, bye-law etc. and the Speaker will decide its admissibility.
The Speaker, in consultation with the leader of the House fixes a day or days or part of a day for consideration and disposal of an admitted notice for such an amendment. (Rule 190).
If there is any modification in accordance with the amendment, passed by the House, the amended regulation, rule, sub-rule, bye-law etc. shall be laid on the Table (Rule - 191).
23. reports to be PRESENTED:
Reports of various Committees of the House constituted under the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Manipur Legislative Assembly are presented to the House by the Chairman or in his absence by any member of the Committee.
24. short duration DISCUSSION:
Any member desirous of raising discussion on a matter of urgent public importance may give notice in writing to the Secretary specifying clearly and precisely the matter to be raised. (Rule 71)
The notice should be accompanied by an explanatory note stating reason, for raising discussion and should be supported by the signature of at least two other members. (See Download Form No. 9)
The Speaker decides the admissibility of a notice of Short Duration Discussion. If an early opportunity is otherwise available for the discussion of the matter, the Speaker may refuse to admit the notice.
The Speaker may allot two sittings in a week on which such matter may be taken up for discussion and allow such time for discussion for a period not exceeding two hours, on or before the end of the sitting, as he may consider appropriate in the circumstances. [Rule 72(2)]
There should be no formal motion before the House in respect of such a discussion and as such there is no question of voting in it. The member who has given notice may make a short statement and any member who has previously intimated to the Speaker may be permitted to take part in the discussion. (Rule 73)
Not more than one matter shall be raised at the same sitting, unless the Speaker otherwise directs.
25. private members' BUSINESS:
The last two and a half hour of a sitting on every Friday shall be allotted for the transaction of Private members' Business and shall have precedence over official business unless the Speaker otherwise directs. (Rule 34)
Provided that the Speaker may, in consultation with the Leader of the House and the Leader of the Opposition allot any day other than a Friday for the transaction of Private Members' Business. But if there is no sitting of a House on a Friday, the Speaker may direct that two and a half hours on any other day in a week may be allotted for Private Members' Business.
A resolution may be in the form of a declaration of opinion or a recommendation or may be in the form so as to record either approval or disapproval by the House of an Act or policy of Government or convey a message or command, urge or request an action or call attention to a matter or situation for consideration by Government or in such other form as the Speaker may consider appropriate. (Rule 107)
As per provision of the rules, a member or a minister may move a resolution relating to a matter of general public interest. (Rule 108)
(a) Notice of Resolution:
(i) A member other than a minister who wishes to move a resolution should give not less
than five days notice to the Secretary of his intention and shall together with the notice,
submit a copy of the resolution which he wishes to move. [Rule 105(1)]
(See Download Form No. 10)
(ii) No member should give notice of more than 5(five) resolutions during one session of the
Assembly. [Rule 105(2)]
A resolution in order to be admissible should satisfy the condition mentioned in Rule 109.
The Speaker shall decide on the admissibility of a resolution and he may disallow any resolution or part thereof, if in his opinion it does not comply with the rules or is otherwise calculated to obstruct or prejudicially affect the procedure of the House. (Rule 110)
(b) Moving of Resolution:
A member in whose name a resolution stands in the list of business or any of the member whom he may authorise to act in his behalf (should except when he wishes to withdraw it) when called upon either move the resolution in which case he should commence his speech by a formal motion in the terms appearing in the list of business or decline to move a resolution, in which case he should confine himself to a mere statement to that effect. [Rule 112(1)]
(c) Amendments :
(i) When a resolution is under discussion any member, may subject to the rules relating to
resolutions, move an amendment to such resolutions.
(ii) If notice of such amendment has not been submitted to the Secretary 36 hours before
the day fixed for the discussion of the resolution, any member may object to the moving
of the amendment and such objection should prevail unless the Speaker allows the
amendment to be moved.
(iii) If time permits, the Secretary shall make available to members from time to time the
lists of amendments of which notices have been given.
(d) Withdrawal of Resolutions :
A member who has moved a resolution or an amendment to a resolution should not withdraw the same except by leave of the House. And no discussion shall be permitted on a motion for leave to withdraw. (Rule 117)
When a resolution has been moved no resolution or amendment raising substantially the same question shall be moved within six months from the date of the moving of the earlier resolution.
When a resolution has been withdrawn with the leave of the House, no resolution raising substantially the same question shall be moved during the same session.
27. resolutions on ratification of amendment of constitution :
If a message for the ratification of amendment of the Constitution under the proviso to Article 368 of the Constitution is received by the Secretary from the House of Parliament, when the Assembly is in session he shall report the message to the House at the earliest opportunity after its receipt and lay the same on the Table.
And if the House is not in session the Secretary shall forward a copy of the message to every member. He shall report the message to the House and lay the same on the Table on the first day of the next session or as soon as may be thereafter. [Rule 123(2)]
Any member may, after giving three days notice or with the consent of the Speaker at shorter notice, move a resolution that the amendment to the Constitution proposed by the Bill be ratified.
If copies of the Bill have not been made available for the use of members for three days before the resolution is moved any member may object to the moving of the resolution and such objection prevails unless the Speaker allows the resolution to be moved. (Rule 124)
The Speaker in consultation with the Leader of the House, fix a date for a discussion on the resolution. No amendment shall be proposed to such a resolution.
28. motion :
Save in so far as otherwise provided in the Constitution or in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Manipur Legislative Assembly, no discussion on a matter of general public interest should take place except on a motion made with the consent of the Speaker. (Rule 127)
Except those under Rule 135, any other notice is to be given in writing addressed to the Secretary.
The Speaker shall decide whether a motion or a part thereof is or is not admissible under these rules and may disallow any motion or a part thereof when in his opinion it is an abuse of the right of moving a motion or calculated to obstruct or prejudicially affect the procedure of the House or is in contravention of these rules.
If the Speaker admits notice of a motion and no date is fixed for the discussion of such motion, it shall be notified in the Bulletin as 'No-Day-Yet -Named-Motion.' (Rule 131)
The Speaker may, after considering the state of business in the House and in consultation with the Leader of the House, allot time for the discussion of any such motion. (Rule 133)
The Speaker shall, at the appointed hours on the allocated day or the last of the allocated day as the case may be, forthwith put every question necessary to determine the decision of the House on the original question.
29. matter under rule 337 :
A member who wishes to bring to the notice of the House any matter which is not a point of order or which cannot be raised under the rules relating to Questions, Calling Attention Motion etc. may do so under Rule 337 by giving a notice in writing addressed to the Secretary stating briefly the point which he wishes to raise in the House along with reasons for wishing to raise it. And he shall be permitted to raise it only after the Speaker has given his consent and at such time and date as the Speaker may fix.
All notices under Rule 337 are valid for the week in which these have been tabled.
(See Download Form No. 11)
And no member may raise more than one matter under this rule during a week.
30. bills :
A Bill is a draft of a legislative proposal put in the proper form which when passed by the House and assented to by the Governor/President becomes an Act. It has to pass through various stages before it becomes an Act.
(a) Introduction of Bill :
1. The Speaker may order the publication of any Bill (together with the statement of objects and reason accompanying) in the Gazette, although no motion has been made for leave to introduce the Bill. In that case, it shall not be necessary to move for leave to introduce the Bill, and, if the Bill is afterwards introduced, it shall not be necessary to publish it again. (Rule 140)
2. (i) Whenever a Bill seeking to replace an Ordinance with or without modification is
introduced in the House, there shall be placed before the House along with the Bill a statement explaining the circumstances which had necessitated immediate legislation by Ordinance. [Rule 146 (1)]
(ii) Whenever an Ordinance, which embodies wholly or partly or with modification the provisions of a Bill pending before the House is promulgated a statement explaining the circumstances, which had necessitated immediate legislation by Ordinance shall be laid on the Table at the commencement of the session following the promulgation of the Ordinance. [Rule 146 (2)]
3. If a motion for leave to introduce a Bill is opposed, the Speaker, after permitting, if he thinks fit, brief statements from the membe r who oppose the motion and the member who moved the motion may, without further debate put the question. (Rule 147)
4. As soon as may be after a Bill has been introduced the Bill unless it has already been published shall be published in the Gazette. (Rule 150)
(b) Motion after introduction of Bill and scope of debate:
1. When a Bill is introduced or on some subsequent occasion, the member-in-charge may make one of the following motions in regard to his Bill namely :-
(i) that it be taken into consideration; or
(ii) that it be referred to a Select Committee; or
(iii) that it be circulated for the purpose of eliciting opinion thereon.
Provided that no such motion shall be made uptil after copies of the Bill have been made available for the use of members and that any member may object to any such motion being made unless copies of the Bill have been so made available for two clear days before the day on which the motion is made and such objection shall prevail unless the Speaker allows the motion to be made. (Rule 153)
2. (i) On a motion referred to in Rule 153 being made, the principle of the Bill and its provisions may be discussed generally, but the details of the Bill shall not be discussed further than is necessary to explain its principles.
(ii) At this stage no amendments to the Bill may be moved, but -
(a) if the member- in-charge moves that the Bill be taken into consideration any member may move as an amendment that the Bill be referred to a Select Committee of the House or be circulated for the purpose of eliciting opinion thereon, by a date to be specified in the motion.
(b) if the member- in -charge moves that the Bill be referred to a Select Committee, any member may move as an amendment that the Bill be circulated for the purpose of eliciting opinion thereon by a date to be specified in the motion.
(iii) Where a motion that a Bill be circulated for the purpose of eliciting opinion thereon is carried and the Bill is circulated in accordance with that direction and opinions are required thereon, the member-in-charge, if he wishes to proceed with the Bill thereafter, shall move that the Bill be referred to a Select Committee unless the Speaker in the exercise of his powers to suspend this rule allows a motion to be made that the Bill be taken into consideration.
Provided that if an amendment or a motion for appointment of a Select Committee has been moved under this rule, any member may move that the House gives instruction to the Select Committee to which the Bill is proposed to be referred to make some particular or additional provision in the Bill and if necessary or convenient to consider and report on amendments which may be proposed to the original Act which the Bill seeks to amend.
No motion that the Bill be taken into consideration or be passed shall be made by any member other than the member-in-charge and no motion that the Bill be referred to a Select Committee of the House or be circulated or re-circulated for the purpose of eliciting opinion thereon shall be made by any member other than the member-in-charge of the Bill, except by way of amendment to a motion made by the member-in-charge of the Bill. (Rule 156)
(c) Amendment to clauses etc. and consideration of Bills:
1. (i) If notice of an amendment to a clause or schedule of a Bill has not been given one day before the day on which the Bill is to be considered any member may object to the motion of the amendment and such objection shall prevail, unless the Speaker allows the amendment to be moved. [Rule 166(1)]
Provided that, in the case of government Bill, an amendment of which notice has been received from the member-in-charge, shall not lapse by reason of the fact that the member-in-charge has ceased to be a minister or a member and as such amendment shall be printed in the name of the new member-in-charge of the Bill.
(ii) The Secretary, shall, if time permits make available to the members from time to time lists of amendments of which notices have been received.
2. Conditions of admissibility of amendments are detailed under Rule 167 of Rules of Procedure in Manipur Legislative Assembly.
3. (i) Amendments shall ordinarily be considered in the order of the clauses of the bill to which they respectively relate; and in respect of any such clause a motion shall be deemed to have been made;
" That this clause stand part of the Bill".
(ii) The Speaker may, if he thinks fit, put as one question similar amendments to a clause.
Provided that if a member requests that an amendment be put separately, the Speaker shall put that amendment separately.
Provided further that in order to save time and repetition, a single discussion may be allowed to cover a series of interdependent amendments. [Rule 169(2)]
4. Amendments moved may, by leave of the House, but not otherwise, be withdrawn, on the request of the member moving it. If an amendment has been proposed to an amendment, the original amendment shall not be withdrawn until the amendment proposed to it has been disposed of. (Rule 170)
(d) Passing of Bill :
1. (i) When a motion that a Bill be taken into consideration has been carried and no amendment of the Bill is made, the member-in-charge may at once move that the Bill be passed. (Rule 176)
(ii) Where a Bill has undergone amendments the motion that the Bill as amended be passed shall not be moved on the same day on which the consideration of the Bill is concluded, unless the Speaker allows the motion to be made.
(iii) To such a motion no amendment may be moved which is not either formal, verbal or consequential upon an amendment made after the Bill was taken into consideration.
2. The discussion on a motion that the bill or the Bill as amended, as the case may be, be passed shall be confined to the submission of arguments either in support of the bill or the rejection of the Bill without going into its details. (Rule 177)
(e) Reconsideration of Bill returned by the Governor :
1. When a Bill which has been passed is returned by the Governor to the House, for reconsideration, the point or points referred for consideration or the amendments recommended in his message shall be put before the House by the Speaker, and shall be discussed and voted upon in the same manner as amendments to a Bill or in such other manners as the Speaker may deem proper for their consideration by the House. [Rule 182(1)]
2. Thereafter the same procedure as laid down for the disposal of the Bills in the House, shall be followed.
(f) Adjournment of debates, withdrawal of Bills and dropped Bills :
1. At any stage of a Bill which is under discussion in the House, a motion that the debate on the Bill be adjourned may be moved with the consent of the Speaker. (Rule 183)
2. The member- in -charge of a Bill may at any stage of the bill move for leave to withdraw the bill on the ground that :-
(a) the legislative proposal contained in the bill is to be dropped; or
(b) the Bill is to be replaced subsequently by a new Bill which substantially alters the provisions contained therein; or
(c) the Bill is to be replaced subsequently by another Bill which includes all or any of its provisions in addition to other provisions; and if such leave is granted, no further motion shall be made with reference to the Bill.
3. If a motion for leave to withdraw a Bill is opposed, the speaker may, if he thinks fit, permit the member who moves and the member who opposes the motion to make brief explanatory statements and may thereafter without further debate put the question. (Rule 185)
4. Any bill in respect of which no motion has been made in the House for two years shall be deemed to have been dropped and removed from the Register of Bills by the order of the Speaker. (Rule 188)
31. private members' bill :
A member may give notice of Bills. In the first instance the member should give 5 days notice of his intention to move for leave to introduce a Bill and send a copy of the Bill together with a statement of objects and reasons.
An intimation will be sent to the concerned member if the Bill requires the recommendation of the Governor for introduction or for its consideration. It is the responsibility of the member-in-charge to obtain Governor's recommendation and answer to the notice.
On the day on which the item is included in the agenda, the member concerned should move for leave to introduce the Bill and after leave is granted, formally to introduce the Bill.
The Bill after introduction, will be published in the Gazette. If the Bill does not require the recommendation of the Governor for its consideration, the member concerned shall give notice of his intention to move for consideration of the Bill and that the Bill be passed.
32. bill relating to hill areas :
Any Bill affecting the hill areas and containing mainly provisions dealing with any of the scheduled matters will be referred to the Hill Areas Committee.
Provided that no such motion shall be made by any member other than the member-in-charge except by way of amendment to the motion made by the member-in-charge. And the member-in-charge will present the report. (Rule 160)
33. governor's (or president's) assent to bill :
After the Speaker has signed a Bill, it shall be submitted to the Governor. When the Governor (or the President, if a Bill is reserved for his assent) gives his assent to the Bill passed by the House itself shall be published in the Gazette as an Act of the Legislature assented to by the Governor (or the President as the case may be). Assent is the final stage in the making of a law.
34. budget :
The budget shall be presented in the House in two or more parts and the presentation of each part shall be dealt with as it were the Budget. The parts may be supplementary, additional, excess and exceptional grants and votes of credit. It shall be dealt with in two stages :
1. General discussion :
There shall not be any discussion of the Budget on the day it is presented to the House. (Rule 202)
General discussion shall begin only after a lapse of two days for the presentation of the Budget and may continue for five days.
Under Rule-205, during the General Discussion of the Budget, the House is at liberty to discuss the budget as a whole or any question of principle involved therein. The scope of discussion at this state is confined to the general examination of the Budget i.e. the proper distribution of the items of expenditure according to the importance of a particular subject or service. Details of expenditure may be discussed when the demands for grants come up before the House. No motion shall be moved at this stage nor shall the Budget be submitted for voting of the House. The discussion concludes with the Finance Minister's Reply. (Rule 205)
2. Voting on Demands for grants :
After the general discussion is over, the demands for grants relating to individual Ministries are discussed and voted. The number of days allotted for voting on demands should not exceed twenty-four days. During which no other business except the questions shall be taken up without the consent of the Speaker.
Motions to reduce or omit any grant can be moved but not to increase or alter the destination of the grant.
It is also not permissible to amend the motion for reducing any grant. [Rule - 206(5)]
35. cut motions :
Members may give notice for cut motions two days ahead of the discussion on demands for grants, for the reduction of the vocable heads of expenditure of the demands for grants. (Rule - 210)
Cut motions are divided into 3(three) categories the admissibility of which are governed by Rule 208 of the Procedure.
(i) Disapproval of Policy Cut ;
(ii) Economy Cut ; and
(iii) Token Cut
(i) Disapproval of Policy Cut :
A cut motion which says "that the amount of the demand be reduced to Re. 1" implies that the mover disapproves of the policy underlying the demand. The member giving notice of such a Cut Motion has to indicate in precise terms the particulars of the policy which he proposes to discuss. Discussion is confined to the specific point or points mentioned in the notice and it is open to the member to advocate an alternative policy.
(ii) Economy Cut :
Where the object of the motion is to effect economy in the expenditure, the form of the motion is "That the amount of the demand be reduced by Rs....... (a specified amount)". The amount suggested for reduction may be either a lump sum reduction in the demand or omission or reduction of an item in the demand.
(iii) Token Cut :
Where the object of the motion is to ventilate a specific grievance within the sphere of responsibility of the government, its form is : "That the amount of the demand be reduced by Rs. 100". Discussion on such a cut motion is confined to the particular grievance specified in the motion and which is within the sphere of responsibility of the government.
Printed forms for giving notices of cut motions are available in the Legislative Notice Office cum Parliamentary Branch. (See Download Forms No. 12, 13 & 14)
36. vote on account:
As it is not found possible to vote the demands for grants (general) before the 31st March when the financial year ends, in order to keep the government functioning pending the voting of the final supply and providing the House to have a fuller opportunity to discuss the demands in detail, in March every year, the House is asked to vote usually for two months supply, i.e. approximately one-sixth of the total estimated expenditure under various grants. This is called vote on Account. Vote on Account is passed after general discussion on the budget. Usually it is treated as a formal matter and is passed without discussion.
Where the House is to be dissolved or a new House is constituted, Vote on Account may be taken for a longer period (for about 3-5 months).
37. appropriation bills :
No money can be withdrawn from the consolidated Fund of the State except under appropriation made by law. Consequently, as soon as the grants have been made by the House, a bill is introduced, to provide for the appropriation out of the consolidated Fund of the State of all money required to meet the grants made by the House and the expenditure charged on the consolidated Fund of the State but not exceeding in any case the amount shown in the statement previously laid before the House.
Appropriation Bill may be introduced without prior circulation of copies to members.
The motion for leave to introduce an Appropriation Bill cannot be opposed as the Bill is introduced only after the relevant demands have been voted by the House. Such a motion is put forth to the vote of the House.
However, a debate restricted to matters of public importance or administrative policy which have not been discussed in the relevant demands for grants discussion can be initiated in advance.
No amendment can be proposed to an Appropriation Bill.
38. election/nomination of members of the various committees of the house.
At the commencement of the first session after each general election and thereafter before the commencement of each financial year or from time to time when the occasion otherwise arises, different Committees for specific or general purposes shall either be elected or constituted by the House on a motion made, or nominated by the Speaker.
Name of the Committee No. of Member.
1. Committee on Public Accounts 9
2. Committee on Estimates 9
3. Committee on Public Undertakings 9
Other Legislative Committees:
4. Business Advisory Committee 9
5. Committee on Government Assurances 9
6. Committee on Delegated Legislation 9
7. Committee on Petitions 9
8. Rules Committee 9
9. Committee of Privileges 9
10. House Committee 9
11. Library Committee 9
12. Committee on the welfare of 9
Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes
13. Committee on Absence of Members 9
from the Sittings of the House.
In addition to the standing Legislative Committees mentioned above, certain other Committees are also appointed by the House or the Speaker as the case may be from time to time on ad-hoc basis as and when necessary for a particular purpose, such as Select committee on Bill. The procedure applicable to the above mentioned Committee is also applicable to such Committees. The life of such committees expire on the completion of the work assigned to them.
39. hill areas committee:
There shall be a Hill Areas Committee of the Assembly consisting of all members of the Assembly who, for the time being represent the Assembly constituencies situated wholly or partly in the hill areas of the State.
All scheduled matters in so far as they relate to the hill areas shall be within the purview of the Hill Areas Committee.
40. members to speak when called by the speaker:
A member who wishes to speak must rise in his place and present himself to the notice of the Speaker. If more than one member rise at the same time, the member whose name so called shall be entitled to speak.
41. rules to be observed while speaking :
(1) The matter of every speech must be strictly relevant to the matter under discussion.
(2) A member while speaking or answering a question shall not:
(i) give any evasive reply to any question ;
(ii) express any opinion or make any comment common on any matter of fact on
which a judicial decision is pending ;
(iii) make a personal charge against a member ;
(iv) use offensive expressions about the conduct or proceedings of the Parliament or the
Legislature of any State or of any Union Territory ;
(v) reflect on any decision of the House except on a motion for rescinding it ;
(vi) reflect upon the conduct of the President or any Governor or any Administrator or the
conduct of any Court of Justice sitting as such; and
(vii) utter treasonably or defamatory words but he may, with the permission of the Speaker,
quote them for the purpose of his argument. (Rule 326)
42. unparliamentary language :
Good temper and moderation are the characteristics of Parliamentary language. Members while speaking should use Parliamentary language and should not use defamatory or indecent or unparliamentary or undignified words and expressions. The imputation that a member or a minister is 'telling a lie' is not allowed. When unparliamentary expressions are used the members concerned is asked to withdraw. If the Speaker is of opinion that a word or expression used is defamatory or indecent, undignified and unparliamentary, he may order that such word or words be expunged from the proceedings of the House.
43. point of order :
A point of order is a device for the proper enforcement of the rules of the House or of the provisions of the Constitution which regulates the business of the House.
If any member wishes to raise a point of order that is to call the attention of the Speaker or the person presiding to what he believes is a breach of order, of Rule or Procedure, of such Articles of the Constitution, as to regulate the business of the House may interrupt another member's speech for the purpose. No debate is allowed on a point of order. The decision of the Speaker on a point of order is final.
44. personal explanation:
Members against whom comments or criticism of a personal nature are made on the floor of the House are entitled to make with the consent of the Speaker, personal explanation in their defence, although the relevant issues are not before the House.
45. right of reply:
(1) Except in the exercise of right of reply or as otherwise provided by the rules, no member shall speak more than once to any motion except with the permission of the Speaker. [Rule 329(2)]
(2) 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 after the
mover has replied. [Rule 329(3)]
46. division :
1. On the conclusion of a debate, the Speaker shall put the question to the House and invite those who are in favour of the motion to say 'Ayes' and those against the motion to say 'Noes'.
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 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. (i) If the opinion of the Speaker as to the decision of a question is challenged, he shall order
that the Lobby be cleared.
(ii) After the lapse of one minute he shall put the question a second time and declare, whether
in his opinion the 'Ayes' or the 'Noes' have it.
4. (i) If the opinion so declared is again challenged, he 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 division number and the division clerk, while
marking off his number on the division list shall simultaneously call out the name of the
(ii) After voting in the Lobbies is completed, the division clerks shall hand over the division
lists to the Secretary who shall count the votes and present the totals of 'Ayes' and 'Noes'
to the Speaker.
(iii) The result shall be announced by the speaker and shall not be challenged.
(iv) A member who is unable to go to the Division Lobby owing to sickness or infirmity may,
with the permission of the Speaker, have his vote recorded either at his seat or in the
(v) If a member finds that he has voted by mistake in the wrong Lobby, he may be allowed to
correct his mistake, provided he brings it to the notice of the Speaker before the result of
the division is announced.
(vi) When the division clerks have brought the division lists to the Secretary's table a
member who has not up to that time recorded his vote but who then wishes to have his
vote recorded may do so with the permission of the Speaker. (Rule 360)
47. petition to assembly:
A member may present a petition to the House with the consent of the Speaker. Every petition shall be presented and countersigned by a member. A member himself cannot be a petitioner. The petition should pertain to a bill which has been published under Rule 140 or which has been introduced in the House, or any matter connected with the business pending before the House or any matter of general public interest. A member should give at least two days advance intimation to the Secretary of his intention to present a petition. After obtaining the consent of the Speaker the member may present it on any day after question hour and before the other business for the day is entered upon.
Form of petition can be obtained for the Legislative Notice Office cum Parliamentary Branch.
(See Download Form No. 15)
48. legislative notice office cum parliamentary branch:
1. Legislative Notice Office cum Parliamentary Branch receives all motions and communications from members, supplies forms thereof, attends to various queries of members and render general assistance to member in regard to legislature work.
With a view to enable members to write their notices and study answer to starred questions etc. without disturbance, it is desirable that persons who are not members are not taken by member inside the Legislative Notice Office cum Parliamentary Branch.
2. For information on matters concerning their membership, and legislative business, members may contact Legislative Notice Office cum Parliamentary Branch which will arrange to collect the information from concerned officer.
49. effect of prorogation:
On the prorogation of a session, all pending notices shall lapse. But a bill pending in the House at the time of prorogation, any business pending before a Committee and motion, resolution or amendment which has been moved and is pending in the House shall not lapse. (Art. 196 & Rule 21)
50. reports of proceedings:
A full and accurate report of the proceedings of the House at each of its sittings is published by the Assembly Secretariat in such form and manner as the Speaker may from time to time direct.
Script of speeches will be circulated to the members concerned for correction and return within stipulated time. The report of proceedings is intended to be a correct reproduction of the speech actually delivered by the members in the House. The copies of the speeches are sent to them for approval, only for the purpose of correcting any inaccuracies which may have occurred in the process of reporting and not for the purpose of improving their literary form or altering or adding to their substance.
51. supply of manuscript proceedings:
It has been the practice not to supply copies of extracts from the proceedings of the Assembly before those are confirmed and printed. In the matter of supply of copies/extracts from the proceedings, before those are confirmed and printed the following procedure is followed:
(i) Members shall not be generally furnished with the copies of the speeches other than their's.
However in certain cases on a specific request made to the Speaker, permission shall be granted
by the Speaker to have the proceedings desired, but no certified copy shall be furnished.
(ii) Requests from other agencies for furnishing copies of proceedings shall not be acceded to.
(iii) Requests from the government department for furnishing of relevant proceedings pertaining to their
departments shall be permitted to be taken by the concerned departments from the unedited
copies of the proceedings and such permission may be given by the Speaker but no authentication
shall be made.
(iv) Specific requests for production of proceedings before the court of law shall be made to the
Speaker indicating the purpose for which it is required by the parties requiring the same which has
to be permitted by the Speaker when the House is not in session and when the House is in session, permission of the House shall be sought.
52. bulletin and brief record of proceedings :
A brief record of the proceedings of the House containing business transacted by the House on a day are issued to the members.
53. admission to visitors' galleries :
Admission to the visitors' galleries is regulated by the rule made in pursuance of Rule 341 of Rules of Procedure.
Members can obtain admission cards of the visitors' galleries on application form which are available in the Legislative Notice Office cum Parliamentary Branch.
Accommodation in the visitors' galleries is limited. Members may not apply for more than two visitors’ cards for a particular sitting under the rules.
54. resolution for removal of speaker or deputy speaker from office:
A member wishing to give notice of a resolution for the removal of Speaker or the Deputy Speaker has to do so in writing to the Secretary.
On receipt of the notice, a motion for leave to move the resolution is entered in the list of business in the name of the member concerned on a day after fourteen days from the date of receipt of notice of the resolution.
The member in whose name the motion stands on the list of business, except when he wishes to withdraw it, move the motion when called upon to do so, but no speech shall be permitted at this stage. The Speaker or the Deputy Speaker or the person presiding, as the case may be, thereupon place the motion before the House and request those members who are in favour of leave being granted to rise in their places and if not less than ten members rise accordingly, he declares the leave has been granted. If less then ten members rise, he informs the members that he has not the leave of the House. The discussion on the resolution takes place on a day not being more than ten days from the date on which leave is granted for. (Rule 308)
On the appointed day the resolution is included in the list of business to be taken up after the question and before any other business for the day is entered upon. The Speaker or the Deputy Speaker does not preside while a resolution for his removal from office is under consideration. (Article 181)
55. motion of no-confidence in the council of ministers:
A motion may be made to express want of confidence in the Council of Ministers. The member intending to move such a motion has to give to the Secretary a written notice thereof, before the commencement of the sitting of the day.
If the Speaker is of the opinion that the motion is in order, he, after the Questions and before the list of business for the day is entered upon, reads the motion to the House and requests those members who are in favour of leave being granted to rise in their places, and if not less than ten members rise accordingly, he declares that the leave is granted and the motion will be taken up in such day, not being more than ten days from the date on which the leave is asked for. If less than ten members rise, the Speaker informs the member that he has not the leave of the House.
At the end of the discussion, the Speaker forthwith puts every question necessary to determine the decision of the House on the motion. (Rule 311)
Article 190 and 191 of the Constitution provide the circumstances under which a member shall be disqualified for being a member of the House. Besides on ground of defection, a member is disqualified as provided under the Tenth Schedule to the Constitution.
57. information regarding arrest, detention etc. of members:
Communication received from the concerned authorities regarding arrest, detention, imprisonment or release of members are read out by the Speaker in the House if it is sitting. If the House is not in session, or the information is received at the Table after the House has risen for the day the information is published in Bulletin Part -II.
58. security arrangement in assembly secretariat during assembly session:
1. Members are requested to co-operate with the watch and ward/security staff on duty in the Assembly complex and show their identity cards on request.
2. Members shall not bring their guest inside the Assembly complex without valid passes. No unauthorised person is allowed to gain entry in the Assembly complex even when accompanied by a member.
3. Members shall not bring their guests/visitors inside the Assembly building.
59. manipur branch of cpa:
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is an organisation to serve the Parliamentarians of the Commonwealth countries by providing a machinery for regular consultation and exchange of ideas and information among members of Commonwealth Parliaments.
The Indian Parliamentary Association is functioning in Parliament and a group of the Association called the 'Manipur Group' has been formed in the Manipur Legislative Assembly. This group also functions as a branch of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. The Speaker is the ex-officio President and the Secretary is the ex-officio Secretary of the Organisation.
60. salary and other facilities entitled to members :
A member shall be entitled to receive salary and such other allowances as admissible under the Salaries and Allowances of Members of the Legislative Assembly (Manipur) Act.
i) Travelling allowance is entitled to each member in respect of every journey performed by
him/her for the purpose of attending a session of the Assembly or a meeting of the Committee or
for the purpose of attending any other business connected with his/her duties as a member
from his/her usual place of residence to the place where the session or the meeting is to be
held or other business is to be transacted and for the return journey from such place to his/her
usual place of residence @ Rs. 250/- per day inside the State and @ Rs. 300/- per day outside
ii) For attending Assembly session a member is entitled TA/DA for a period of such residence not
exceeding three days immediately preceding the commencement of the session and a period of
such residence not exceeding three days immediately succeeding the date on which the Assembly
is adjourned sine die or for a period exceeding seven days; and
iii) In case of a sitting of a Committee or any other business, a member is entitled to TA/DA for a
period of such residence not exceeding two days immediately preceding the commencement of
business of the Committee or other business and a period of such residence not exceeding two
days immediately succeeding the conclusion of the Committee or other business.
iv) A member is entitled to travel a maximum of 15,000 kms. during a financial year within India for
such works so as to enable him/her to discharge his/her duties and functions as such member as
approved by the Speaker for which actual cost of fares for railways or roads journey shall be
reimbursed by the Secretariat of the Assembly.
A member and members of his/her family shall be entitled free of charge to accommodation in hospitals maintained by the government and also to medical treatment in accordance with the Medical Attendance Rules as amended from time to time, applicable to Group "A" Officer serving in connection with the state of Manipur.
A member shall be provided with telephone facilities as may be prescribed from time to time under the Salaries and Allowances of Members of the Legislative Assembly (Manipur) Act.
Stenographic and typing facilities :
The members Service Section in the state Assembly Secretariat which is looked after by an officer of the rank of a Joint Director attends to such requirements.
There shall be paid a pension of Rs. 4,500/- per mensem to every member who has served for a period of not less than five years whether continuous or not as a member of the Assembly.
Provided that where any person has served as aforesaid for a period exceeding 5(five) years there shall be paid to him an additional pension of Rs. 300/- per mensem for every year in excess of 5(five) years.
Provided further that where a member has been prevented from serving as such for five years on account of dissolution of Legislative Assembly or where a member having been elected in a bye-election had not served for 5(five) years or having been prevented from serving full term of office on account of resignation of his/her seat, he/she shall be deemed to have served as a member for five years and this deeming provision shall not apply for the purpose of earning additional pension.
Family pension :
There shall be paid a family pension of Rs. 3,000/- per month after his/her death to the surviving family member eligible under the Act.