The revised schedule for the Monsoon session of the Parliament
- As per the revised schedule, there will be no Question Hour.
- MPs can ask Unstarred questions.
- Also, Zero Hour will be restricted in both Houses.
- Released by Business Advisory Committee
- Business Advisory Committee: It regulates the programme and timetable of the House.
- Quorum in parliament: It is 1/10th of total number of members in each House including the presiding officer. (Article 100(3).
- Quorum in committees: One third Committee members should be present for the quorum to constitute a sitting of the Committee.
- Quorum is essential only when committees are taking decisions or adopting reports, and not for routine deliberations. – Rajya Sabha secretariat.
Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament
- Organized jointly by Inter- Parliamentary Union (IPU), and Parliament of Austria with support of UN.
- It is being organized in virtual mode.
- Established in 1889 as an international organization of parliaments.
- To foster coordination among parliaments of all countries.
Governor’s power to summon Assembly session
- If chief minister enjoys majority, Governor has no discretion in the matter of summoning the house under Article 174. He is bound to act on the advice of the cabinet. -Supreme court
Recent Rajasthan controversy:
- Due to the Governor’s refusal to summon a session as desired by the Council of Ministers.
- Governor’s insistence on 21-day notice: Rule of 21-day notice for the session was set by Lok Sabha, and adapted by State legislatures.
- Later it changed to 15 days.
- However, many times sessions have been convened at shorter notice.
Powers of Lieutenant Governor
- LG of Puducherry cannot interfere in the day-to-day administrationof the Union Territory when there is an elected government. – Earlier ruling of Single Judge Bench of Madras High Court in 2019.
- Madras High Court has set aside this judgment: Centre will take final decision in matters referred by the LG in case of difference of opinion with the UT Government.
Jammu & Kashmir Domicile Rules
- Centre has defined these using J&K Reorganization Act, 2019.
- Earlier, this power rested with legislative assembly of J&K.
- The order provides protection to domiciles to “any post” in the government.
- Earlier, all jobs were exclusively reserved for the permanent residents.
J&K Transaction of Business Rules
- Ministry of Home Affairs notified Transaction of Business of the Government of Union Territory of J&K Rules, 2019.
- Rules were notified under the J&K Reorganization Act, 2019.
- Under the rules, police, public order, All India Services, and anti-corruption will fall under the executive functions of the Lieutenant Governor (LG).
- Thus, the CM or Council of Ministers will have no say in their functioning.
- In case of difference of opinion between the LG and a Minister, the decision of LG shall be deemed to be accepted by the Council of Ministers.
Rajya Sabha Elections
- Election Commission extended the period of Rajya Sabha election beyond the prescribed term, due to COVID-19.
- Invoked its powers under section 153 of ROPA, 1951.
- Under this section, ECI can extend the time for the completion of any election.
Floor Test: Supreme Court Decision
- Governor can direct Floor test even while House is in Session.
- A Governor can call for a floor test any time he objectively feels a government in power has lost confidence of House.
- However, the call for a trust vote is subject to judicial review.
- Governor need not wait for Speaker’s decision on resignation of rebel MLAs before calling for a trust vote.
Floor test, the motion of confidence, a no-confidence motion
These three terms are used for the test of the majority.
- Floor test: the governor can ask to prove the majority in the House.
- The motion of confidence: If the government wants to demonstrate its strength on the floor of the House.
- No confidence motion: If opposition parties can move such a motion.
- Functions of two recently created Cabinet committees were widened.
- Changes were made by amending Governments of India Transaction of Business Rules, 1961.
- Under Article 77(3), President made these Rules.
Cabinet Committee on Investment and Growth
- Function: to identify key projects required to be implemented on a time-bound basis
- Recently Rs 1,000 crore limit is removed.
- It also includes sector-specific reforms.
Cabinet Committee on Employment and Skill Generation
- Functions: to look at policies, programmes, and schemes for skill development and increasing employability.
- Now, measures for increasing workforce participation.