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Rules 184, 167, 168: A primer

Posted on Nov 29, 09:32PM | IANS

Here's a primer on Rules 184, 167 and 168 under which the debate and voting will be conducted in parliament on allowing foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail.

Speaker Meira Kumar announced in the Lok Sabha Thursday that she had allowed a debate under Rule 184 that entails voting.

Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari held a meeting with leaders of various parties Thursday where an "in principle" decision was taken to hold discussion under Rules 167 and 168 that entail voting, sources said.

The rules are essentially the same but the numbers differ as the two houses have separate Rules of Business.

Rule 168 states that "notice of a motion shall be given in writing addressed to the secretary general."

The rule is contained in the chapter titled "motions". It states that no discussion shall take place except on a motion made with the consent of Speaker.

In the Rajya Sabha rules, Chapter 12 deals with motions on matters of public interest and includes Rules 167 to 174.

Rule 167 says that no discussion on a matter of general public interest shall take place except on a motion made with the consent of the chairman.

Rule 173 deals with voting provisions. It states that the chairman shall at the appointed hour on the allotted day "put every question necessary to determine the decision of the council on the original question."