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Important Parliamentary Terms-Indian Polity

Veto:The word comes from Latin, which means ‘I Forbid’. A veto gives unlimited power to stop decision. It is right of person, party or nation to stop a certain decision or law, but not to adopt one.

“Ad hoc Committee”- A Committee constituted by the House or by the Chairman or by the presiding officers of both the Houses jointly to consider and report on specific matter and becomes functus officio as soon as the task is completed.

“Calling Attention” – A procedure whereby a Member calls the attention of a Minister to a matter of urgent public importance , the Minister makes a brief statement thereon and thereafter the Members seek clarifications.

"Casting Vote"-The vote cast by the Chairman, or a Member acting as such in the House and by the Chairman or a Member acting as such in a Committee, in the case of an equality of votes on a matter.

"Crossing the floor"--Passing between the member addressing the House and the Chair which is considered breach of Parliamentary etiquette.

"Expunction"-Deletion of words, phrases or expressions from the proceedings or records of House by an order of the Chairman for being defamatory or indecent or unparliamentary or undignified.

"Motion"-A formal proposal made to the House by a Minister or a member that the House do something, order something to be done or express an opinion with regard to some matter, and is so phrased that, if adopted, it will purport to express the judgment or will of the House.

"Point of Order"- A point relating to the interpretation or enforcement of the Rules of Procedure or such articles of the Constitution as regulate the business of the House raised in the House and submitted for the decision of the Chair.

"Question Hour"-The first hour of a sitting of the House allotted for asking and answering of questions.

"Quorum"-The minimum number of members required to be present at a sitting of the House or a Committee for valid transaction of its business, which is one-tenth of the total number of members of the House, as provided under article 100(3) of the Constitution.

“Special Mention”-A procedure available to a Member who wishes to mention a matter of public importance in the House by reading out from the text not exceeding 250 words.

"Subordinate Legislation"--Rules, regulations, orders, schemes, bye-laws, etc. having the force of law, framed by the Executive or other subordinate authority in pursuance of the power conferred on it by the Constitution or delegated to it by an Act of Parliament.

"Unstarred Question"--A question which is not called for oral answer in the House and the written answer to such a question is deemed to have been laid on the Table.


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