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Adjournment Motion

  • 16 Sep 2020
  • 2 min read

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Recently, an adjournment motion notice was moved in the Lok Sabha over the surveillance of key Indian personalities by a firm linked to the Chinese government.

Key Points

  • Adjournment motion is introduced only in the Lok Sabha to draw the attention of the House to a definite matter of urgent public importance.
    • It involves an element of censure against the government, therefore Rajya Sabha is not permitted to make use of this device
  • It is regarded as an extraordinary device as it interrupts the normal business of the House. It needs the support of 50 members to be admitted.
  • The discussion on this motion should last for not less than two hours and thirty minutes.
  • However, right to move a motion for an adjournment of the business of the House is subject to the following restrictions. i.e. It should:
    • Raise a matter which is definite, factual, urgent and of public importance.
    • Not cover more than one matter.
    • Be restricted to a specific matter of recent occurrence.
    • Not raise a question of privilege.
    • Not revive discussion on a matter that has been discussed in the same session.
    • Not deal with any matter that is under adjudication of court.
    • Not raise any question that can be raised on a distinct motion.

Source: IE

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