Ad Hoc Committees


Ad Hoc Committees

Ad hoc committees can be divided into two groups, namely commissions of inquiry and advisory committees.
From time to time, investigation committees are appointed, either by the two houses on a motion adopted in that name or by the Speaker / Chairman, to investigate and report on particular topics.

 

For example:

[a] Committee on the Conduct of Certain Members during President’s Address.

[b] Committee on Draft Five-Year Plan.

[c] Railway Convention Committee.

[d] Committee on Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS).

[e] Joint Committee on Bofors Contract.

[f] Joint Committee on Fertilizer Pricing.

[g] Joint Committee to Enquire into Irregularities in Securities and Banking Transactions.

[h] Joint Committee on Stock Market Scam.

[i] Joint Committee on Security in Parliament Complex.

[j] Committee on Provision of Computers to Members of Parliament, Offices of Political Parties and Officers of the Lok Sabha Secretariat.

[k] Committee on Food Management in Parliament House Complex.

[l] Committee on Installation of Portraits / Statues of National Leaders and Parliamentarians in Parliament House Complex.

[m] Joint Committee on Maintenance of Heritage Character and Development of Parliament House Complex.

[n] Committee on Violation of Protocol Norms and Contemptuous Behaviour of Government Officers with Members of Lok Sabha.

[o] Joint Committee to Examine Matters Relating to Allocation and Pricing of Telecom Licences and Spectrum.

 

The advisory committees include select or joint billing committees that are named to consider and comment on particular bills.

Such committees are distinguishable from the other ad hoc committees in so far as they concern themselves with bills and the process to be followed by them is laid down by the Speaker / Chairman in the Rules of Procedure and the Instructions.

If a Bill comes up for a general debate before a House, it is up to that House to refer it to either a House Select Committee or a Two House Joint Committee.

A motion to that effect must be passed and introduced in the House, in which the Bill is being debated.

In the event that the motion adopted is for Bill’s referral to a Joint Committee, the decision is forwarded to the other House, asking members to appoint other House members to serve on the Committee.

In the event that the motion adopted is for Bill’s referral to a Joint Committee, the decision is forwarded to the other House, asking members to appoint other House members to serve on the Committee.

The Committee submits its recommendation to the House after the Bill has therefore been considered.
Members who disagree with the report by a majority might add their minutes of dissent to the report.