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Rajya Sabha Committee on Petitions


The functions of the Committee are: (a) to examine every petition referred to it, and if the petition complies with the rules, to direct that it be circulated in extenso or in summary form, as the case may be; and (b) to report to the House on specific complaints made in the petition after taking such evidence as it deems fit and to suggest remedial measures, either in a concrete form applicable to the case under consideration or to prevent recurrence of such case. The reports of the Committee are presented to the House by the Chairman of the Committee or in his absence by any member, of the Committee from time to time.

Srno Member Name Status House Party State
1 Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari Chairman Rajya Sabha B.J.P. UTK
2 Shri Paul Manoj Pandian Member Rajya Sabha A.I.A.D.M.K. TN
3 Shri Avinash Pande Member Rajya Sabha I.N.C MH
4 Shri Rajeev Shukla Member Rajya Sabha I.N.C. MH
5 Shri Ram Vilas Paswan Member Rajya Sabha L.J.S.P BR
6 Shri Nandi Yellaiah Member Rajya Sabha I.N.C. Andhra Pradesh
7 1 Shri P. Rajeeve Member Rajya Sabha C.P.I.(M) KR
8 Shri Balavant alias Bal Apte Member Rajya Sabha B.J.P. MH
9 Shri Veer Pal Singh Yadav Member Rajya Sabha S.P. UP
10 Shri Rajaram Member Rajya Sabha B.S.P. UP
1 Nominated w.e.f. 06/12/2010





137. Petitions
Petitions may be presented or submitted to the Council with the consent of the Chairman in accordance with these rules.
138. Scope

  1. Petitions may relate to-

(i) a Bill which has been published under rule 61 or which has been introduced or in respect of which notice of a motion has been received under these rules;
(ii) any other matter connected with the business pending before the Council; and
(iii) any matter of general public interest provided that it is not one-

    1. which falls within the cognizance of a court of law having jurisdiction in any part of India or a court of enquiry or a statutory tribunal or, authority or quasi-judicial body or Commission;
    2. which raises matters which are not primarily the concern of the Government of India;
    3. which can be raised on a substantive motion or resolution; or
    4. for which remedy is available under the law, including rules, regulations or bye-laws made by the Central Government or by an authority to whom power to make such rules, regulations or bye-laws is delegated.

139. General form
(1) The general form of petition set out in the First Schedule, with such variations as the circumstances of each case require, may be used and, if used, shall be sufficient.
(2) Every petition shall be couched in respectful and temperate language.
(3) Every petition shall be either in Hindi or in English. If any petition in any other language is made, it shall be accompanied by a translation either in Hindi or in English, and signed by the petitioner.
140. Authentication of Signatories
The full name and address of every signatory to a petition shall be set out therein and shall be authenticated by the signatory, if literate by his signature and if illiterate by his thumb impression.
141. Documents not to be attached
Letters, affidavits or other documents shall not be attached to any petition.
142. Counter-signature
Every petition shall, if presented by a member, be countersigned by him.
143. Petition to whom to be addressed and how to be concluded
Every petition shall be addressed to the Council and shall conclude with a prayer reciting the definite object of the petitioner in regard to the matter to which it relates.
144. Notice of presentation of petition
A member shall give advance intimation to the Secretary- General of his intention to present a petition.
145. Presentation of petition
A petition may be presented by a member or be forwarded to the Secretary-General, in which latter case the fact shall be reported by him to the Council, and no debate shall be permitted on’ the making of such report.
146. Form of presentation
A member presenting a petition shall confine himself to a statement in the following form.-
“I beg to present a petition signed by ……….………..…….. petitioner(s) regarding………………………”
and no debate shall be permitted on this statement.
147. Constitution of Committee on Petitions
(1) The Chairman shall, from time to time, nominate a Committee on Petitions consisting of ten members.
(2) The Committee nominated under sub-rule (1) shall hold office until a new Committee is nominated.
(3) Casual vacancies in the Committee shall be filled by the Chairman.
148. Quorum
The quorum of the Committee shall be five.
149. Chairman of Committee
(1) The Chairman of the Committee shall be appointed by the Chairman from amongst the members of the Committee:
Provided that if the Deputy Chairman is a member of the Committee, he shall be appointed Chairman of the Committee.
(2) If the Chairman of the Committee is for any reason unable to act, the Chairman may similarly appoint another Chairman of the Committee in his place.
(3) If the Chairman of the Committee is absent from any meeting, the Committee shall choose another member to act as Chairman of the Committee for that meeting.
150. Reference of petition to Committee
Every petition shall, after presentation by a member or report by the Secretary-General, as the case may be, stand referred to the Committee on Petitions.
151. Examination and circulation of Petitions
(1) The Committee shall examine every petition referred to it, and if the petition complies with these rules, the Committee may in its discretion direct that it be circulated. Where circulation of the petition has not been directed, the Chairman may at any time, direct that the petition be circulated.
(2) Circulation of the petition shall be in extenso or in a summary form as the Committee, or the Chairman, as the case may be, may direct.
152. Report
(1) The Committee shall report to the Council stating the subject matter of the petition, the number of persons by whom it is signed and whether it is in conformity with these rules, and also whether circulation has or, has not been directed.
(2) It shall also be the duty of the Committee to report to the Council on specific complaints made in the petition referred to it after taking such evidence as it deems fit and to suggest remedial measures either in a concrete form applicable to the case under review or to prevent such cases in future.
153. Presentation of report
The report of the Committee shall be presented to the Council by the Chairman of the Committee or, in his, absence, by any member of the Committee.



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

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.).

 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


Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Chairman,

Committee on Petitions
Room No. 126-A, IIIrd Floor, PH

23034708, 23017662, 23018486 (Fax)


Shri Deepak Goyal

Joint Secretary (DG)

R.No. 517, V F, PHA





Shri Rakesh Naithani,

Joint Director (Petitions)
R.No. 168, I F, P.H.A.


Shri Ashok Kumar Sahoo, Deputy Director (Petitions)
R.No. 222, II F, P.H.A.


Shri Goutam Kumar, Committee Officer
R.No. 537, V F, P.H.A.


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