RIGHT TO PETITION THE RAJYA SABHA

The right to petition Parliament in a democracy is basic and of immense importance.  The Rules of the Council of States (Rajya Sabha) permit all citizens of the country to petition the Rajya Sabha in respect of the following: –

     ·     Any Bill which has been published in the Gazette of India or which has been introduced or in respect of which Notice of a Motion has been received. 

     ·     Any matter of general public interest which falls within the domain of the  Government of India

(excepting matters which are sub judice or for which remedy is available under Law, Rules, Regulations or Bye-laws made by or under the authority of the Central Government)

Petitions may be submitted in the format given below in English or Hindi, signed by the Petitioner:-

            To:-

           

            THE COUNCIL OF STATES (RAJYA SABHA)

            The petition of ……………………………………………………………………..

(Here insert name and designation or description of petitioner(s) in concise form, e.g…………………………… “A,  B,   and other” or “the inhabitants of ………………..”  or “the Municipality of ……………………………………….” etc.).

           

            Sheweth

            (HERE INSERT CONCISE STATEMENT OF CASE)

            and accordingly your petitioner (s) pray that ………………………………………

            (Here insert “that the Bill be or be not proceeded with” or “that special provision be made in the Bill to meet the case of your petitioner (s) or any other appropriate prayer regarding the Bill or matter pending before the Council or a matter of general public interest”).

Name of Petitioner Address Signature or thumb impression

…………………..

Counter-Signature of Member presenting

       The Petitions addressed to the Council of States (Rajya Sabha) may either be sent direct to the Secretary-General, Rajya Sabha, Parliament House, New Delhi or may be sent after getting them countersigned by a Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha). Only such of the petitions as are found in conformity with the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Council of States governing their admissibility and are admitted by the Hon’ble Chairman, Rajya Sabha shall be presented to the Council of States (Rajya Sabha) by the Rajya Sabha Members countersigning them or reported to the Council of States in case they have not been countersigned by any Member of Rajya Sabha. The petitions raising individual grievances or trivial matters will, however, be summarily rejected and no correspondence will be entertained in this regard. Each petition after it has been presented or reported to the Council of the States (Rajya Sabha) shall stand  referred to the Committee on Petitions of the House.

            The Committee on Petitions will examine every petition referred to it. The recommendations of the Committee on the Petition will be presented in the form of a Report to the Rajya Sabha whereafter the recommendations will receive the consideration of the appropriate Ministry of the Government of India. This process will be monitored by the Committee on Petitions.

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