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Recently Lok Sabha took up a debate on motion of thanks for President’s address

•    The Trinamool Congress moved six amendments in what is set to be a turbulent parliamentary debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address
•    President Ram Nath Kovind, in his speech at the joint session of the parliament, had praised the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the government’s decision to read down Article 370, laying the ground for a fierce debate between the opposition and treasury benches.

    Article 86(1) of the Constitution provides that the President may address either House of Parliament or both Houses assembled together, and for that purpose require the attendance of members. However, since the commencement of the Constitution, there has not been any occasion when the President has addressed either House or both Houses assembled together, under the provision of this article.
    Article 87 provides for the special address by the President.
    Clause (1) of article 87provides that at the commencement of the first session after each general election to the House of the People and at the commencement of the first session of each year, the President shall address both Houses of Parliament assembled together and inform Parliament of the causes of its summons.
    Such an Address is called 'special address';
    It is also an annual feature.
    No other business is transacted till the President has addressed both Houses of Parliament assembled together.
    Clause (2) of article 87 of the Constitution requires that provision shall be made by the rules regulating the procedure of either House for the allotment of time for discussion of the matters referred to in the President's Address.
    Accordingly, rules 14 to 21 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Rajya Sabha make provisions for the discussion of the Address.
    Under rule 15, discussion on the matters referred to in the President's Address takes place on a Motion of Thanks moved by a member and seconded by another member.
    Members who are to move and second the Motion are selected by the Prime Minister and the notice of such a Motion is received through the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.

President’s Address
    It is the statement of policy of the Government and, as such, is drafted by the Government which is responsible for its contents.
    The Address contains a review of various activities and achievements of the Government during the previous year and sets out the policies, projects and programmes which Government of the day wishes to pursue with regard to the important national and international issues.
    The Address also indicates, in broad terms, items of legislative business which are proposed to be brought during the sessions to be held in that year.