Can Rajya Sabha reject a Bill?

By Shivank Goel|Updated : September 5th, 2022

Rajya Sabha can not reject or amend a money bill and is required to return the bill with or without recommendations to the Lok Sabha.

Rajya Sabha does not possess the right to make any amends or reject a money bill. It is required to return the bill to Lok Sabha within 14 days, with or without any recommendations. If the Rajya Sabha fails to return the bill to Lok Sabha within the stipulated time of 14 days, the bill is considered passed by both the houses in the same form in which the Lok Sabha initially passed it.

In the case of particular bills other than the money bill, such as constitutional, ordinary, and financial bills, Rajya Sabha contains an equal right as the Lok Sabha concerning the passage and introduction of the bill/s.

About Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha is the Upper House of the Indian Parliament, also known as the Council of States. Rajya Sabha, according to the 2021 data, consists of a strength of 245 members, out of which 233 members are elected by the legislatures of the state and union territories, and the remaining 12 members are elected by the President for a term of two years.

The Indian Constitution has laid down specific guidelines and restrictions on Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha, which is the Lower House or House of People, possesses greater powers in certain areas.

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  • Rajya Sabha is expected to return a bill to Lok Sabha within a period of 14 days.

  • If Rajya Sabha fails to return a bill to Lok Sabha within the stipulated time, it is considered passed in its original form from both the Houses of Parliament.

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