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RAJYA SABHA RETURNS APPROPRIATION BILLS 2020 WITHOUT DISCUSSION

RAJYA SABHA RETURNS APPROPRIATION BILLS 2020 WITHOUT DISCUSSION

Context

Rajya Sabha has returned the Appropriation Bills, 2020 without discussion.

Details

  • The Appropriation (No.3) Bill, 2020 provides the authorization of appropriation of money out of the consolidated fund of India to meet the amount spent on certain services during the financial year ended on the 31st March 2017 in excess of amounts granted for those services as passed by the Lok Sabha.
  • The Appropriation (No.4) Bill, 2020 authorizes payment and appropriation of certain further sums from and out of the consolidated fund of India for the services of the financial year 2020-21 as passed by the Lok Sabha.  

Passing of Appropriation Bill :

The Constitution states that ‘no money shall be withdrawn from the Consolidated Fund of India except under appropriation made by law’. Accordingly, an appropriation bill is introduced to provide for the appropriation, out of the Consolidated Fund of India, all money required to meet: 

  • The grants were voted by the Lok Sabha.
  • The expenditure charged on the Consolidated Fund of India.      

No such amendment can be proposed to the appropriation bill in either house of the Parliament that will have the effect of varying the amount or altering the destination of any grant voted, or of varying the amount of any expenditure charged on the Consolidated Fund of India.

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