Chapter 15
Matters Raised in the Lok Sabha under Rule 377, 
in the Rajya Sabha under Rule 180A-E and 
in ‘Zero Hour’

Matters raised under Rule 377 in the Lok Sabha/Special Mentions in the Rajya Sabha

15.1 Members of the Lok Sabha who wish to bring to the notice of the House any matter which is not a point of order, are permitted by the Speaker to raise the matter under rule 377 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha. In the Rajya Sabha, the Chairman permits the members to mention the matters of urgent public importance, generally known as Special Mentions, under Rule 180A-E of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Rajya Sabha. These matters are generally raised after the dispoa1 of questions and call attentions.

Replies to matters raised

 

15.2 Necessary extracts of the matters raised in the Lok Sabha as well as in the Rajya Sabha  on a particular day are forwarded to the concerned departments by LS/RS Secretariats on the succeeding day. Copies of these extracts are also endorsed to the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. Each administrative department is required to send replies to the concerned Member(s) of Parliament as expeditiously as possible, preferably within a month, under the signature of their Minister/Minister of State. In case any delay is anticipated, as sometimes the information is to be collected from various agencies including State Governments, an interim reply should be sent to the concerned Member of Parliament. Copies of the communications sent to the members may invariably be endorsed to LS/RS Secretariat and the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs so that the matters are deleted from the register of pending matters.

Transfer of matters

15.3 In case the department finds that a matter concerns any other department, it may request that department to accept the transfer of the matter and upon that department accepting the transfer intimate acceptance thereof to the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Parliament Secretariat concerned.  Till such an intimation is received from the transferee department the matter will continue to be shown as pending against the department to whom it had been originally addressed.  In case of differences between the departments as to which department should deal with the matter, procedure contained in the Cabinet Secretary’s D.O. letter No.73/2/15/85-Estt. Dated 25 April, 1995 would be followed.

Effect of retirement/resignation etc. of Members

15.4 In case of matters raised under Rule 377 in the Lok Sabha, if a member who had raised the matter resigns his seat in the House or passes away, reply to such matters stating the factual position will be sent by the department to the Lok Sabha Secretariat under intimation to the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. In case of Special Mentions made in the Rajya Sabha, if a member who had raised it retires, resigns his seat in the House or passes away, no reply need be sent to the Rajya Sabha Secretariat and the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. However, if a member who had resigned his seat in the Lok/Rajya Sabha or had retired from the Rajya Sabha is re-elected to the House from which he had resigned or retired the reply will be sent to the member under intimation to the Parliament Secretariat concerned and the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.

Effect of dissolution of the Lok Sabha

15.5 On dissolution of the Lok Sabha, the matters raised under Rule 377 during the term of that Lok Sabha will lapse.

Registers of matters raised

15.6 Particulars of every matter raised should be entered by the Parliament Unit in their register, as at Annex 25 whereafter the matter will be passed on to the concerned section. The Parliament Unit will maintain two registers–one each for matter raised under Rule 377 in the Lok Sabha and for Special Mentions raised in the Rajya Sabha.

 

15.7 The concerned section will also maintain register as at Annex 26. The registers will be maintained separately for matters raised in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, entries therein being made session wise.

Role of Section Officer and Branch Officer

15.8 The Section Officer in-charge of the concerned section will:

(a)  scrutinize the registers once a week;

(b)  ensure that necessary follow up action is taken without any delay whatsoever; and

(c) submit the registers to the branch officer every fortnight who will draw the attention of senior officers to the matters replies to which are pending.

Matters of urgent public importance after Question Hour (Zero Hour)

15.9 Members are allowed to raise matters of urgent public importance after the Question Hour i.e. during ‘Zero Hour’ in the two Houses by the Presiding Officers. Whenever Presiding Officers give directions to the Government or the Minister/Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs gives assurances on certain issues raised during ‘Zero Hour’ in the two Houses, the relevant extracts from the proceedings of the Houses relating to such matters are sent by the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs to the Minister concerned on the same day for such action as may be deemed necessary by the department. Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs also sends relevant extracts from the proceedings relating to the matters raised during Zero Hour in the two Houses on which no directions or assurances are given, to the department concerned for information and such action as may be deemed necessary. The department may examine such matters and, if deemed necessary, send replies  to the members under intimation to the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.