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Private member’s Bill

Topics Covered:

  1. Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.


Private member’s Bill


What to study?

For prelims: Private Member’s Bill- introduction and procedure followed.

For mains: Issues associated and why are they not taken into account seriously.


Context: 28 private member’s Bills introduced in Lok Sabha.


Who is a Private Member?

Any MP who is not a Minister is referred to as a private member.


Admissibility of a private member’s Bill:

The admissibility is decided by the Chairman for Rajya Sabha and Speaker in the case of Lok Sabha.

The procedure is roughly the same for both Houses:

  1. The Member must give at least a month’s notice before the Bill can be listed for introduction.
  2. The House secretariat examines it for compliance with constitutional provisions and rules on legislation before listing.


Is there any exception?

While government Bills can be introduced and discussed on any day, private member’s Bills can be introduced and discussed only on Fridays.


Sources: the Hindu.