Special Mention

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In order for democracy to function properly and in order to solve matters of the utmost significance, the role of the parliament is crucial. However, because of the lack of time and the vast number of pressing public issues that need to be handled, certain crucial issues may get sidelined in Parliament discussions. We have a particular clause, or special mention, in the constitution to close this gap. The ability to bring up a significant public problem in parliament using a special mention is a valuable instrument in the hands of lawmakers.

Definition of special mention

The dictionary defines the phrase “special mention” as highlighting something or drawing attention to a specific problem. Similar to this, the purpose of the special mention clause in the rules and practices of the Indian Parliament is to draw each member’s attention to a topic of public concern.

History of the special mention provision in Indian law

  • The special mention provision is a relatively recent addition to the Indian parliament’s rules and procedures. Prior to 2000, the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Parliament, lacked a mechanism for drawing attention to a matter of national significance. The conduct of business and the norms of procedure serve as the framework for Rajya Sabha sessions. Therefore, a revision in these guidelines for bringing up a subject of public concern was necessary, and this change took effect on July 1st, 2000.
  • Prior to the start of the house’s proceedings, a member may speak with the chairman of the house if they believe the house is ignoring a crucial topic. When the meeting starts, he will inform the chairman of the problem and request his permission to bring up the specific public matter. Following the conclusion of the question period, the matter was brought to the attention of all legislators in attendance after obtaining authorization.
  • It was difficult for the members to make a special remark because the method for admission of this special mention was not adequately established earlier. The General Purposes committee was therefore given the issue. The General Purposes Committee determined on July 28, 1999, that specific specialized rules are necessary for the proper execution of the special mention procedure.
  • Then the committee on rules released its ninth report, which made revisions to the parliamentary rules, including the special mention clause. The study suggested Rules 180 A and 180 E, and the upper chamber of the Parliament quickly approved them.
  • As a result of all these adjustments, Rajya Sabha now has the ability to discuss some significant issues. The 190th Rajya Sabha session was the first one held after the transition.

To make a Special Mention in the House, follow these steps

The following process must be followed by a member of parliament who wants to bring up an issue of public concern in the house:

  1. Prior to bringing up a specific issue in the house, he must first obtain the Chairman’s approval. This permit must be obtained at least one day before to the scheduled raising day. He is required to file a written notice in order to receive authorization. The notice office has this form on hand, but you have to get there before 5 o’clock.
  2. In addition to notice, the legislator must also provide a synopsis of the subject he desires to discuss. The word count for this summary is 250.
  3. Since the chairman of the house has received such notices, he will bring up nearly seven issues for special mention. The chairman will evaluate each topic’s applicability before choosing the best ones.
  4. The member who successfully obtains the chairman’s approval for special mention will be intimidated about it during question period. The debates would then start after he brought up the subject at home.

Importance of Special Mention Provision:

The special mention clause is significant because it enables members to address matters that fall outside the scope of points of order. Additionally, some topics are not discussed during question periods or in other forums. As a result, this provision enables members to bring up a special issue, and pertinent questions are also sent to the appropriate ministries for problem-solving.

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