Chapter XIV - THE BUDGET

Budget.

116.    (1) The Budget shall be presented to the Assembly on such day at such time as the Provincial Government may appoint. The only proceeding with reference to the Budget on the day on which the Budget is presented shall be the speech of the Finance Minister when presenting it.

(2) No demand for grant shall be made except on the recommendation of the Provincial Government.

 

1. Deleted vide Notification No. Legis: I (15)/85 dated 15th August, 1985.

2. Chapter XIII (A) inserted vide Notification No.PAB/Legis:I(3)/2013 Dated 5th March, 2018.

           (3) A separate demand shall be made in respect of the grant proposed for each Department of the Provincial Government:

             Provided that the Provincial Government may cause to be introduced in one demand grants proposed for two or more Departments or a demand to be made in respect of expenditure which cannot readily be classified under a particular Department.

            (4)   Each demand shall contain a statement of the total grant proposed and a statement of the detailed estimate under each grant divided into items.

Stages of Budget.

117.    The Budget shall be dealt with by the Assembly in three stages, namely -

(i)    discussion relevant to the Budget as a whole;

(ii)   discussion on expenditure charged upon the Provincial Consolidated Fund; and

(iii)  discussion and voting of demands for grants.

Allotment of days for different stages.

118.    (1) Subject to sub-rules (2) and (3), the Speaker shall allot, for different stages of the Budget referred to in Rule 117 as many days as may be compatible with the public interest.

             (2) At least two days shall elapse between the day the Budget is presented and the first day allotted by the Speaker for the general discussion of the Budget.

             (3) Not less than three days shall be allotted for the discussion relevant to the Budget as a whole.

General discussion on the Budget. 

119.   (1) On the days to be appointed by the Speaker subsequent to the day on which the Budget is presented, the Assembly may discuss the Budget as a whole or any question of principle involved therein, but no motion shall be moved at this stage nor shall the Budget be submitted to the vote of the Assembly.

            (2)   The Finance Minister shall have a general right of reply at the end of the discussion.

            (3)   The Speaker may, if he thinks fit, prescribe time-limit for speeches.

Demands for grants.

120.   (1)   The Demands for grants shall be arranged in such order as the Leader of the House may intimate.

            (2)    On the last of the days allotted for the discussion and voting of demands for grants, at the time when the meeting is to terminate, the Speaker shall forthwith put every question necessary to dispose of all outstanding demands for grants.

            (3)   On the last day fixed for the voting of demands for grants the consideration thereof shall not be anticipated by a motion of adjournment or be interrupted in any other manner whatever, nor shall any dilatory motion be moved in regard thereto.

Cut-Motion.

121.   (1) Motions may be moved to omit or reduce any item or reduce any demand for grant but not to increase or alter the distribution of a demand for grant.

            (2)   Notice of such motions shall be given two clear days before the day on which such demand for grant comes up for discussion.

            (3)   A motion may be moved to reduce the amount of a demand in any of the following ways:-

(a)     “that the amount of the demand be reduced to Rs.1.00” representing disapproval of the policy underlying the demand. Such a motion shall be known as “Disapproval of Policy Cut”. A Member giving notice of such a motion shall indicate in precise terms the particulars of the policy which he proposes to discuss. The discussion shall be confined to the specific point or points mentioned in the notice and it shall be open to Members to advocate an alternative policy;

(b)     “that the amount of the demand be reduced by a specific amount” representing the economy that can be effected. Such specified amount may be either a lump sum reduction in the demand or omission or reduction of an item in the demand. The motion shall be known as “Economy Cut”. The notice shall indicate briefly and precisely the particular matter on which discussion is sought to be raised and speeches shall be confined to the discussion as to how economy can be effected; and

(c)     “that the amount of the demand be reduced by Rs.100.00” in order to ventilate a specific grievance which is within the sphere of the responsibility of the Provincial Government. Such a motion shall be known as “Token Cut" and the discussion thereon shall be confined to the particular grievance specified in the motion.

            (4)   Motions may be arranged in such order as the Speaker may, subject to the provisions contained in these rules, from time to time, direct:

            Provided that where several motions are moved to the same figures priority shall be given to the motion proposing the greatest reduction and the other motions shall be arranged in the descending order of the amounts of reduction proposed.

Admissibility and discussion of cut-motions.

122.   The Speaker shall decide whether a cut motion is or is not admissible under these rules and may disallow any cut-motion when, in his opinion, it is an abuse of the right of moving cut-motion or is calculated to obstruct or prejudicially affect the procedure of the House or is in contravention of these rules.

Limits of discussions.

123.    (1) When a motion is made to omit or reduce any item of a demand and question is proposed from the Chair for omitting or reducing that item Members must speak to that question only, until it has been disposed of.

            (2) After a question has been proposed from the Chair for omitting or reducing any item, no motion may be made or debate allowed upon any preceding item.         

            (3) When motions to omit or reduce any item in a demand are disposed of, the question shall be put upon the original demand or upon the reduced demand, as the case may be.

            (4) After a question has been proposed from the Chair for a vote of the original demand or reduced demand, no motion may be made for omitting any item in it.

 

 

Procedure for dealing with supplementary and excess demands.

 

124.  The procedure for dealing with supplementary estimates of expenditure and excess demands shall, as far as may be, be the same as prescribed for the Budget.

Question of legislation not to be raised.

125. (1) Debate on cut-motion must be confined to the administrative matters for which the Government is responsible and not deal with matters requiring legislation.

          (2) The Speaker may, if he thinks fit prescribe time-limit for speeches during the debate on motions to omit or reduce demands for grants, or supplementary demands for grants, as the case may be.

Laying of schedule of authorized expenditure.

126. The schedule of authorised expenditure authenticated under Article 123 of the Constitution shall be laid before the Assembly by the Finance Minister.

Votes on accounts. 

127.  (1)     The Finance Minister may, after five clear days’ notice, make a motion for votes on account referred to in Article 125 of the Constitution.

         (2)      The Speaker shall allot a day for consideration of such motion.

         (3)      The motion for vote on account shall state the total sum required and the various amounts needed for each Department or items of expenditure which compose that sum shall be stated in a schedule appended to the motion.

          (4)     Amendments may be moved for the reduction or omission of the items whereof the grant is composed.

          (5)     In other respects, the motion for vote on account shall be dealt within the same way as if it were demands for grant.