Committees to Inquire
- Committee on Petitions
Petitions may be presented or submitted to the Council with the consent of the Chairman in accordance with these rules.
Petitions may relate to-
- A Bill which has been published under rule 61 or which has been introduced or in respect of which notice of a motion has been received under the rules.
- Any other matter connected with the business pending before the Council.
- Any matter of general public interest provided that it is not one-
- Which falls within the cognizance of a court of law having jurisdiction in any part of India or a court of enquiry or a statutory tribunal or, authority or quasi-judicial body or Commission.
- Which raises matters which are not primarily the concern of the Government of India.
Which can be raised on a substantive motion or resolution.
- For which remedy is available under the law, including rules, regulations or bye-laws made by the Central Government or by an authority to whom power to make such rules, regulations or bye-laws is delegated.
Constitution of Committee on Petitions
- The Chairman shall, from time to time, nominate a Committee on Petitions consisting of ten members.
- The Committee nominated under sub-rule (1) shall hold office until a new Committee is nominated.
- Casual vacancies in the Committee shall be filled by the Chairman.
- Committee of Privileges
This Committee consists of 15 members nominated by the Speaker. Its function is to examine every question involving breach of privilege of the House or of the members of any Committee thereof referred to it by the House or by the Speaker. It determines with reference to the facts of each case whether a breach of privilege is involved and makes suitable recommendations in its report.
It also states the procedure to be followed by the House in giving effect to the recommendations made by it. When a question of privilege is referred to the Committee by the House, the report of the Committee is presented to the House by the Chairman or, in his absence, by any member of the Committee.
Where a question of privilege is referred to the Committee by the Speaker under rule 227, the report of the Committee is presented to the Speaker who may pass final orders thereon or direct that it be laid on the Table of the House.
The Speaker may refer to the Committee any petition regarding disqualification of a member on ground of defection for making a preliminary inquiry and submitting a report to him. The procedure to be followed by the Committee in these cases is so far as may be same as in applicable to questions of breach of privilege.
- Committee on Ethics
The Chairman of the Rajya Sabha shall, from time to time, nominate a Committee on Ethics consisting of ten members. The Committee nominated shall hold office until a new Committee is nominated. Casual vacancies in the Committee shall be filled by the Chairman. The quorum of the Committee shall be five.
The Committee shall have the following functions, namely:-
- To oversee the moral and ethical conduct of members.
- To prepare a Code of Conduct for members and to suggest amendments or additions to the Code from time to time in the form of reports to the Council.
- To examine cases concerning the alleged breach of the Code of Conduct by members as also cases concerning allegations of any other ethical misconduct of members.
- To tender advice to members from time to time on questions involving ethical standards either suo motu or on receiving specific requests.