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Uttar Pradesh assembly proposes to bar mobile phones in House

By, Lucknow
Aug 08, 2023 12:26 AM IST

No display of firearms and flags by members to be allowed; members not to mention officers by name, according to draft rulebook tabled in state assembly

The Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly proposes to bar its members from carrying mobile phones and displaying flags, banners, other such symbols and arms in the House. These restrictions will be applicable if the new rules recommended by the rule committee of the House take effect.

The state assembly’s rule committee chairman Rampal Verma tabled the 156-page draft rulebook in the House on Monday. (HT PHOTO)
The state assembly’s rule committee chairman Rampal Verma tabled the 156-page draft rulebook in the House on Monday. (HT PHOTO)

The state assembly’s rule committee chairman Rampal Verma tabled the 156-page draft rulebook in the House on Monday.

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“Members will not carry mobile phones in the House. Members will neither bring arms nor display them. Members will not display flags, symbol (to display) or any other displayable item in the House,” read the proposed rules of conduct for the members.

The members, mainly from the opposition, use flags, banners and placards to display slogans and lodge their protest on various issues.

Other rules proposed in the rulebook provide that ministers will now be required to give information, along with reasons to the assembly secretariat, if they are not able to reply to the short notice questions of members in the House.

The draft rulebook bars the members from smoking, tearing any document and talking loudly in the lobbies that will make them audible in the House.

The draft rulebook provides that no member will stand or sit showing his back to the speaker. It tells the members not to go to the speaker (chair) themselves. If necessary, they will be able to send a slip to the speaker through the officer sitting there.

The draft rulebook also proposes to restrict the number of supplementary questions to two and bring down the requirement of minimum number of days for notice to summon the House from 14 to seven days.

As replacing the rulebook is an elaborate exercise, the business advisory committee of the House has decided to invite suggestions. A discussion on the draft rulebook will take place on August 9. The new rulebook will be adopted on the last day of the monsoon session. It will be effective in the next session.

The Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly proposes to adopt the new rulebook after nearly 65 years in view of the use of electronic devices following introduction of National e-Vidhan Application (NeVA) that has made the House proceedings paperless.

It had adopted the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of the UP Legislative Assembly in 1958. Television was introduced on an experimental basis only in 1959. The state assembly’s proceedings are, however, telecast live for some years now.

The draft rulebook proposes that the members will not refer to government officers by name in the House. The members will not level any allegations against persons occupying the Constitutional offices and will not point to the visitors or other persons sitting in the galleries. A limit of 200 words has been set for information to raise an issue that may not be a question of propriety.

The draft rulebook provides a format for giving information about the arrest, conviction and release of members by the judicial or executive officers. It also provides a format for correction in the given information. It may be mentioned that the state legislative assembly allows the members to attend the House virtually.

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    Umesh Raghuvanshi is a journalist with over three decade experience. He covers politics, finance, environment and social issues. He has covered all assembly and parliament elections in Uttar Pradesh since 1984.

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