New Delhi: After adopting digitization and going paperless, the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly will come out with a new “Rule Book” of procedures and conduct of business.
The last time, a new rule book was introduced in the UP Assembly was in 1958 – almost 65 years ago.
The committee headed by Principal Secretary (Assembly) Pradeep Dubey has handed over the draft of the new rule book to Speaker Satish Mahana. In the upcoming budget session beginning February 20, the new rule book will be tabled in the assembly after getting approval from the 13-member rules committee of the house.
“The new rule book will be called “Rule Book, 2023” instead of Rule Book 1958… The changes will not be made in the basic rules but in the procedures for implementing them. Though I cannot reveal the rules before they are placed in the assembly, but after digitization, discussions were held to change the rules as now every member has a tablet, and the proceedings of the assembly were digitized Is. Therefore, to accommodate the same, changes are being proposed in the time period required to inform members about Bills etc.,” Speaker Mahana told The Indian Express.
“The existing rules which date back to 1958 were framed in English and then translated into Hindi in such a manner that it became difficult for most of the members to understand the exact nature of the rules. The new rules will be in such a language that they will be easy to understand.
Mahana said that the Drafting Committee deliberated on defining the exact nature of questions or matters that can be raised under various rules like 300, 311, 51 etc. and additional rules are likely to be introduced to ensure that That maximum number of questions can be raised during the Question Hour.
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“Small states like Nagaland or Haryana with around 90 members have Question Hour for an hour. But in a big state like Uttar Pradesh with more than 400 members, even 1 hour 20 minutes is not enough. All these will be considered.