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All India Whips Conference

The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Government of India has been organising All India Whips Conference from time to time, with the purpose of establishing suitable links among the whips of various political parties at the Centre and the States who are concerned with the practical working of the legislatures to discuss matters of common interest and to evolve high standards to strengthen the institution of Parliamentary Democracy. Fourteen All India Whips Conferences have been organized so far since 1952. The Fourteenth All India Whips Conference was held on 4-5 February, 2008 at Mumbai. The inaugural function of the 14th All India Whips Conference was presided over by Hon'ble Vice President of India and the Valedictory function by the Hon'ble Speaker Lok Sabha.

Matters Under Rule 377 and Special Mentions

The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs takes follow-up action on matters raised under Rule 377 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha and by way of Special Mentions in Rajya Sabha. Also after 'Question Hour' in both the Houses of Parliament, Members raise matters of urgent public importance. Though it is not mandatory, Ministers sometimes react to the points made by the Members. In the absence of concerned Minister the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs assures the House or the individual Members that their sentiments would be conveyed to the concerned Ministers.

Implementation of Assurances

The Ministry culls out assurances, promises, undertakings, etc., given by Ministers in both the Houses of Parliament, from the daily proceedings and forwards them to the concerned Ministries/Departments for implementation, Statements showing action taken by the Government in implementation of the assurances, after due scrutiny of the implementation of the assurances, after due scrutiny of the implementation reports received from the various Ministries/Departments concerned, are laid periodically on the table of the Houses by Minister/Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs.

Source: India Book - A Reference Annual