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HANDBOOK FOR MEMBERS OF RAJYA SABHA

C O N T E N T S

Handbook for members of Rajya Sabha (Full pdf file)(pdf Size:452KB)
P R E F A C E(pdf Size:27.6KB)
CONTENTS(pdf Size:13.1KB)
CHAPTER 1 (pdf Size:124KB)
RAJYA SABHA—COMPOSITION, BUSINESS AND PROCEDURE

1.1 Composition 1
1.2 Sessions of Rajya Sabha 2
1.3 Address by the President and Motion of Thanks thereon 3
1.4 Oath or Affirmation by Members 5
1.5 Seating of Members 6
1.5A Attendance 7
1.6 Time of Sittings 7
1.7 Government Business 7
1.8 Private Members’ Business 8
1.9 Quorum 8
1.10 Voting and Division 9
1.11 Questions 12
1.11A Short Notice Questions 23
1.12 Half-an-Hour Discussion 24
1.13 Statistical information relating to Questions 25
1.14 Calling Attention 25
1.15 Matters raised with permission 27
1.16 Special Mentions 29
1.17 Short Duration Discussion 31
1.18 Motion 32
1.19 Motions for Modification of Rules, Regulations, etc., laid on the Table of the Rajya Sabha 33
1.20 Bills 34
1.21 Private Members’ Bills 41
1.22 Amendments to Clauses, etc., of Government or Private Members’ Bills 43
1.23 Adjournment of debate on, and withdrawal of Bills 44
1.24 Bill originating in the Lok Sabha and transmitted to the Rajya Sabha 45
1.25 Joint Sittings 47
1.26 Statutory Resolutions 48
1.27 Private Members’ Resolutions 49
1.28 Budget 51
1.29 Petitions 52
1.30 Supply of Parliamentary Papers to Members at their residences 53
1.31 General Procedure for giving Notices 55
CHAPTER 2(pdf Size:80.1KB)
GENERAL MATTERS
2.1 Parliamentary Terms 58
2.2 Parliamentary Customs and Conventions 68
2.3 Parliamentary Etiquette 70
2.4 Code of Conduct for Members 74
2.5 Important Places in Parliament House and Parliament House Annexe 76
2.5 Important Places in Parliament House and Parliament House Annexe 79
2.7 Rules to be observed by Members desiring to participate in a Debate 79
2.8 Language to be used by Members in debate 79
2.9 Simultaneous interpretation of proceedings 79
2.10 Simultaneous interpretation panel 80
2.11 Official Report of Proceedings 82
2.12 Leave of Absence from the sittings of the Rajya Sabha 83
2.13 Resignation of seat in the House 84
2.14 Notice Office 85
2.15 Stenographic assistance to Members 88
2.16 Publications Counter 89
2.17 Security arrangements in Parliament Complex 89
2.18 Obituary References 93
2.19 Arrest and Detention, etc. and Release of Members 94
CHAPTER 3(pdf Size:62.1KB)
PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES
3.1 Standing Committees (House Committees) of Rajya Sabha 95
3.2 Standing Committees (General) 111
3.3 Financial Committees 112
3.4 Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committees 113
3.5 Joint Parliamentary Committees 116
3.6 Statutory Joint Committees 119
3.7 Ad-hoc Committees 119
3.8 Parliamentary Fora 120
3.9 Parliamentary Friendship Groups (PFGs) 122
CHAPTER 4 (pdf Size:49.6KB)
AMENITIES TO MEMBERS
4.1 Salary, Allowances and Pension 124
4.2 Travelling Allowances for forward and return journeys performed for attending official business 125
4.3 Travelling Allowances for intermediate journeys 126
4.4 Allowances during short intervals between two sittings of a Committee or the termination of one session and the commencement of another session, etc 127
4.5 Rail Travel Facilities 127
4.6 Air Journeys 128
4.7 Special Facility to blind and physically incapacitated Members 128
4.8 Travelling and Daily Allowances for attending the meetings of the Consultative Committees of the Government of India 129
4.9 Allowances for journeys abroad 129
4.10 Payment of Salary and Travelling and Daily Allowances Bills 129
4.11 Reimbursement of Medical Expenses 131
4.12 Procedure for Medical Treatment Abroad 131
4.13 Loss of Identity Card-cum-Railway Pass 131
4.14 Advance for purchase of conveyance 132
4.15 Pension to Ex-members of Parliament 132
4.16 Family Pension 133
4.17 Computers 133
4.18 Accommodation 134
CHAPTER 5 (pdf Size:78.2KB)
LIBRARY, REFERENCE AND RESEARCH SERVICE
5.1 Objective of the Service 146
5.2 Parliament Library 146
5.3 Rare and Art Books 147
5.4 Literature on Indian Languages 147
5.5 Location of the Library 147
5.6 Working Hours 147
5.7 Stacking Arrangements 148
5.8 Catalogue 148
5.9 Issue and Return of Publications 148
5.10 Library Rules 149
5.11 Display of Books/Periodicals 154
5.12 Legislative Papers from the States 154
5.13 Reading Room Facilities 154
5.14 The Gazettes and Debates Unit 155
5.15 Administrations and Preservation Section 155
5.16 Acts and Bills Section 155
5.17 Reference Service 156
5.18 Research and Information Service 158
5.19 Parliament Library Information System (PARLIS)— The Computer Centre 161
5.20 Documentation Service 167
5.21 Reprography Service 167
5.22 Typing Unit 168
5.23 Microfilming Unit 168
5.24 Press Clipping Service 168
5.25 Audio-Visual and Telecasting 169
5.26 Press and Public Relations Wing, Lok Sabha 173
5.27 Media, Education and Audio-Visual Unit, Rajya Sabha Secretariat 175
5.28 Media Advisory Committee of Rajya Sabha 177
5.29 Orientation Programme for Media Persons 177
5.30 Who’s Who Cell 177
5.31 Children’s Corner in Parliament Library 178
CHAPTER 6(pdf Size:8.80KB)
ORIENTATION AND CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAMME
6.1 Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training (BPST) 180
6.2 Training Unit, Rajya Sabha Secretariat 181
CHAPTER 7 (pdf Size:9.68KB)
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND CONFERENCES
7.1 Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) 183
7.2 Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) 184
APPENDIX(pdf Size:39.7KB)
1. Publications brought out/being brought out by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat during the period 2002 to2008 186
2. Publications brought out by the Lok Sabha Secretariat during the period 2002 to 2007 190
INDEX (pdf Size:59.7KB) 196
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