COMMITTEE ON PAPERS LAID ON THE TABLE
212H. Committee on Papers Laid on the Table
(1) There shall be a Committee on Papers Laid on the Table.
(2) After a paper is laid before the Council by a Minister, the Committee shall consider-
(a) whether there has been compliance with the provisions of the Constitution or the Act of Parliament or any other law, rule or regulation in pursuance of which the paper has been so laid;
(b) whether there has been any unreasonable delay in laying the paper before the Council and if so, (i) whether a statement explaining the reasons for such delay has also been laid before the Council along with the paper, and (ii) whether those reasons are satisfactory;
(c) whether the paper has been laid before the Council both in English and Hindi and if not, (i) whether a statement explaining the reasons for not laying the paper in Hindi has also been laid before the Council along with the paper, and (ii) whether those reasons are satisfactory.
(3) The Committee shall perform such other functions in respect of the papers laid on the Table as may be assigned to it by the Chairman from time to time.
(1) The Committee shall consist of ten members who shall be nominated by the Chairman.
(2) The Committee nominated under sub-rule (1) shall hold office until a new Committee is nominated.
(3) Casual vacancies in the Committee shall be filled by the Chairman.
212J. Chairman or Committee
(1) The Chairman of the Committee shall be appointed by the Chairman from amongst the members of the Committee:
Provided that if the Deputy Chairman is a member of the Committee he shall be appointed Chairman of the Committee.
(2) If the Chairman of the Committee is for any reason unable to act, the Chairman may similarly appoint another Chairman of the Committee in his place.
(3) If the Chairman of the Committee is absent from any meeting, the Committee Shall choose another member to act as Chairman of the Committee for that meeting.
(1) In order to constitute a meeting of the Committee, the quorum shall be five.
(2) The Chairman of the Committee shall not vote in the first instance but in the case of an equality of Votes on any matter, he shall have, and exercise, a casting vote.
212L. Power to take evidence or call for papers, records or documents
(1) The Committee shall have power to require the evidence of persons or the production of papers or records, if such a course is considered necessary for the discharge of its duties:
Provided that Government may decline to produce a document on the ground that its disclosure would be prejudicial to the safety or interest of the State.
(2) Subject to the provision of this rule, a witness may be summoned by an order signed by the Secretary-General and shall produce such documents as are required for the use of the Committee.
(3) It shall be the discretion of the Committee to treat any evidence tendered before it as secret or confidential.
212M. Presentation of report
The Report of the Committee shall be presented to the Council by the Chairman of the Committee or, in his absence, by any member of the Committee.
212N. Regulation of procedure
The Committee shall determine its own procedure in connection with all matters connected with the examination of papers laid on the Table.
212O. Restriction on raising matters in Council about papers laid
A Member wishing to raise any of the matters referred to in rule 212(H) shall communicate it to the Committee and not raise it in the Council.