Chapter V - SITTING OF THE ASSEMBLY AND ARRANGEMENT OF BUSINESS

Recitation from the Holy Quran.

20.     Every sitting of the Assembly shall commence with a recitation from the Holy Quran followed by its Urdu translation.

Calendar of sessions for the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sitting of the Assembly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21.    (1) At the commencement of the first session of each year, the Speaker in consultation with the Government shall provide a provisional calendar of sessions for the parliamentary year:

          Provided that there shall be at least three sessions of the Assembly every year, and not more than one hundred and twenty days shall  intervene between the last

1.Rule 19-D & 19-E added vide Notification No.PAB/Legis:I(3)/2013 dated, 5th April,2018.

2.Rule-21 substituted vide Notification No.PAB/Legis:I(3)/2013 Dated 5th March, 2018.

sitting of the Assembly in one session and the date appointed for its first sitting in the next session:

          Provided further that the Assembly shall meet for not less than one hundred days in each Parliamentary year.

          (2) The Secretary shall circulate the provisional calendar to the members, and publish it in the official Gazette and on the website of the Assembly.

21-A. (1) The Assembly shall meet, while in session, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday:

           Provided that there shall be no sitting on the day declared as holiday by the Government of Balochistan.

           (2) The Assembly shall meet at such time and place as the Governor may think fit:

           Provided that on a requisition signed by not less than one-fourth of the total membership of the Assembly, the Speaker shall summon the Assembly to meet, at such time and place as he thinks fit, within fourteen days of the receipt of the requisition; and when the Speaker has summoned the Assembly only he may prorogue it.

          (3) After the summoning of the Assembly session, the Speaker may make schedule for timing and sitting of the Assembly and may also review such schedule as he may deem necessary.

          (4) The duration of Assembly proceedings shall not ordinarily exceed three hours.

          (5)  If the business set down in the Orders of the day for the day is completed earlier or if it is not completed during three hours, the Speaker shall adjourn the Assembly without question put, and the proceedings on any business then under consideration shall be interrupted:

          Provided that if at the time of interruption, the closure is moved or proceedings under the closure are in progress, the proceedings under the closure, and any further motion as is specified in the rule as to closure, shall be completed before the Assembly is adjourned.

 

Rule 21-A inserted vide Notification No.PAB/Legis:I(3)/2013 Dated 5th March, 2018.

Adjournment of sittings.

22.     Subject to other provisions of these rules the Speaker may-

(a)   adjourn a sitting of the Assembly; and

(b)   if he so thinks fit, call a sitting of the Assembly, at a time and date different from that to which it was earlier adjourned.

Class of Business.

23.    Business of the Assembly shall be classified as-

(i)  Government business; or

(ii) Private Members’ business. 

Allotment of time for transaction of business.

24.   On Thursday no other business except the Private Members’ business shall be transacted, and on all other days no business other than Government business shall be transacted except with the consent of the Leader of the House or, in his absence, the Law Minister:

           Provided that if any Thursday is a holiday, Private Members’ business shall have precedence on the next working day:

           Provided further that if any Thursday is appointed for the presentation of the Budget, or is allotted for any stage of the Budget a day in lieu of such Thursday shall be set apart by the Speaker for Private Members’ business.

Arrangement of Business.

25.  (1) The  Secretary  shall  arrange  Government   business in such order as the Leader of the House or in his absence the Law Minister and in the absence of both of them, any other Minister on Government behalf may intimate.

          (2) On days when Private Members’ business is to be transacted, such business shall be taken up in the following order-

(a)   Bills to be introduced;

(b)   Resolutions on matters of general public interest; and

(c)   Bills which have been introduced:

           Provided that the Speaker may direct that Bills and resolutions may be taken up on separate days and on the day when Bills are to be taken up not more than first half of the day shall be allowed for Bills to be introduced and the rest of the day for Bills, if any, which have advanced beyond the stage of introduction.

Relative Precedence of Private Members’ Bills.

26.   (1) The relative precedence of Private Members’ Bills to be introduced shall be determined by ballot.

          (2) The ballot shall be held in accordance with the procedure set out in Schedule 1, on such day, not being less than five days before the day with reference to which the ballot is held, subject to the authority of the Speaker to make minor variations in the procedure from time to time.

           (3)  Bills introduced shall be arranged in such order as to give priority to Bills most advanced in the following order:-

(i)    Bills in respect of which the next stage is that the Bill be passed;

(ii)   Bills in respect of which a motion has been carried that the Bill be taken into consideration;

(iii)  Bills in respect of which the report of the Select Committee has been presented;

(iv)  Bills in respect of which the report of the Standing Committee has been presented;

(v)   Bills in respect of which the next stage is the presentation of the report of the Select Committee/ Standing Committee;

(vi)  Bills which have been circulated for eliciting opinion; and

(vii) Other Bills:

Provided that the relative precedence of bills falling within the same category shall be determined according to the priority of their introduction in the Assembly.

 

Precedence of resolutions.

27.   (1) The relative precedence of notices of resolutions on matters of general public interest given by private Members under Rule 103 which have been admitted, shall be determined by ballot to be held in accordance with the procedure set out in schedule 1, on such day not being less than five days before the day with reference to which the ballot is held subject to the authority of the Speaker to make minor variations in the procedure from time to time.

          (2) A resolution which does not find place in the ballot shall not lapse but shall be included in the subsequent ballot in the same session of the Assembly.

Orders of the Day.

28.     (1) Orders of the Day for each day shall be prepared by the Secretary and a copy thereof shall be made available for use of every Member and any other person entitled under the Constitution to take part in the proceedings of the Assembly.

           (2)  Save as otherwise provided in these rules-

(a)   the business for the day shall be transacted in the order in which it appears in the Orders of the Day;

(b)   no business not included in the Orders of the Day shall be transacted at any sitting except business of a formal or ceremonial nature which may be permitted by the Speaker; and

(c)   no business requiring notice shall be set down for a day earlier than the day following the day on which the period of necessary notice in respect of such business expires.

          (3) Unless the Speaker otherwise directs, not more than five resolutions (excluding any resolution commenced on, and outstanding from, a previous day) shall be set down in the Orders of the Day for any day allotted for the disposal of Private Members’ resolutions.

Business outstanding at the end of day.

29.    Subject to these rules all business fixed for any day not disposed of before the termination the sitting shall stand over until the next day available for such class of business or until such other day in the session so available as the Member-in–Charge of the business may desire but Private Members’ business so standing over shall have no priority on such  day unless it has been commenced, in which case it shall only have priority over Private Members’ business fixed for such day except the Bills to be introduced.