1st session of 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly

Prof (Dr) Nimai Chand Luwang
Contd from previous issue
The Business Advisory Committee allotted 3 hours and 40 minutes for the sitting on the 24th and 3 hours each for the sittings on 25th and 26th March. However, as per the provisions of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business, the time allocated for each sitting is 5 hours. The first hour of each sitting (day) should be allotted for Question Hour, however, there was no Question Hour allotted on any sitting. The last two and a half hours of the Friday should be allotted for Private Members’ Business, which did not take place. Two Government Bills, namely, (i) the Manipur Appropriation (No.1) Bill,2022 and (ii) the Manipur Appropriation (No.2) Bill,2022 were introduced on 25th March 2022 and the same two Bills were taken into consideration and passed on 26th March 2022. Whereas, Rule 153 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of the Manipur Legislative Assembly provides that “Provided that no such motion shall be made until 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….” The said provision was disregarded while taking up the Bills for consideration and passing.
Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh presented (i) Demands for Supplementary Grants, 2021-22 (ii) Budget Estimates, 2022-23 and (iii) moved the motion for Vote on Account, 2022- 23 on 24th March 2022. While presenting the above motions, the Chief Minister did not give any speech nor statement.
In this regard, I would like to mention that I have never come across any such instance in my experience as a member of the House during the period 1985 till 2007.
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