Brief notes on Money bills and Ordinary Bill in relation to Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha

ADVERTISEMENTS:

The powers of both the Houses with regard to the passing of bills are not the same:

1. Money Bills:

The Lok Sabha controls the purse of the nation whereas the Rajya Sabha has virtually no powers. A money bill can originate only in the Lok Sabha. A money bill is generally related to the imposition, remission or alteration of any tax.

ADVERTISEMENTS:

After the bill is presented in the Lok Sabha, it is sent to the Upper House, which has no power to make changes in it. The latter can, at most, sit over it for a period of 14 days and then send it back with or without recommendations. The Lok Sabha may or may not accept any of them. After a period of 14 days, the bill is deemed to have been passed by both the Houses and is sent to the President for his approval and signatures.

2. Non-Money Bill (Ordinary Bill):

The council of ministers is collectively responsible to the Lok Sabha. A vote of no confidence passed in the Lok Sabha can bring down the government, but the same does not apply to the Rajya Sabha. The removal of a minister is only the prerogative of the Lower House and not of the Upper House.

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