Committees to Scrutinize and Control

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Committees to Scrutinize and Control

 

  1. Committee on Government Assurances

There shall be a Committee on Government Assurances to scrutinize the assurances, promises, undertakings, etc., given by Ministers, from time to time, on the floor of the Council and to report on:

  1. The extent to which such assurances, promises, undertakings, etc., have been implemented.
  2. When implemented, whether such implementation has taken place within the minimum time necessary for the purpose.

 

  1. Committee on Subordinate Legislation

There shall be a Committee on Subordinate Legislation to scrutinize and report to the Council whether the powers to make rules, regulations, bye-laws, schemes or other statutory instruments conferred by the Constitution or delegated by Parliament have been properly exercised within such conferment or delegation, as the case may be.

The Committee shall consist of fifteen members who shall be nominated by the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. The Committee nominated shall hold office until a new Committee is nominated. And casual vacancies in the Committee shall be filled by the Chairman.

  1. Committee on Papers Laid on the Table

There shall be a Committee on Papers Laid on the Table. After a paper is laid before the Council by a Minister, the Committee shall consider-

  1. Whether there has been compliance with the provisions of the Constitution or the Act of Parliament or any other law, rule or regulation in pursuance of which the paper has been so laid.
  2. Whether there has been any unreasonable delay in laying the paper before the Council and if so,
  3. Whether a statement explaining the reasons for such delay has also been laid before the Council along with the paper, and (ii) whether those reasons are satisfactory;
  4. Whether the paper has been laid before the Council both in English and Hindi and if not,
  5. Whether a statement explaining the reasons for not laying the paper in Hindi has also been laid before the Council along with the paper, and
  6. Whether those reasons are satisfactory.

 

The Committee shall perform such other functions in respect of the papers laid on the Table as may be assigned to it by the Chairman from time to time.

  1. Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes

Composition

The Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes consists of 30 members — twenty elected by Lok Sabha every year from amongst its members according to the principle of proportional representation by means of single transferable vote and ten members of Rajya Sabha nominated by that House for being associated with the Committee.

This system of election ensures that each Party/Group is represented on the Committee in proportion to its respective strength in the two Houses.

The Chairman of the Committee is appointed by the Speaker from amongst the members elected to the Committee.

The functions of the Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes are:

  1. To consider the reports submitted by the *[National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes under article 338(5) of the Constitution] and to report as to the measures that should be taken by the Union Government in respect of matters within the purview of the Union Government including the Administration of the Union Territories.
  2. To report on the action taken by the Union Government and the Administration of the Union Territories on the measures proposed by the Committee.
  3. To examine the measures taken by the Union Government to secure due representation of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in services and posts under its control (including appointments in the Public Sector Undertakings, Nationalised Banks, Statutory and Semi-Government Bodies and in the Union Territories) having regard to the provisions of Article 335.
  4. To report on the working of the welfare programmes for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the Union Territories.
  5. To examine such other matters as may deem fit to the Committee or are specifically referred to it by the House or the Speaker.

 

This Committee, like other Parliamentary Committees has all the powers to call for the detailed information from the Ministries of the Government, Public Undertakings, Nationalised Banks and various organisations in respect of subjects taken up by the Committee for examination and to examine official and non-official witnesses.

The Committee also takes the assistance of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in pursuing matters raised in its Reports in regard to the subjects under examination by the Committee

 

  1. Committee on Empowerment of Women

On the occasion of International Women’s Day on 8th March, 1996, two identical resolutions for constituting a Standing Committee of both the Houses for improving the status of women were moved in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha respectively.

In pursuance of the aforesaid resolution, the matter was considered by the Rules Committee (Eleventh Lok Sabha).

The Rules Committee in their Second Report laid on the Table of the House on 6th March, 1997 recommended that a Committee for the purpose may be constituted. Accordingly, the Committee on Empowerment of Women was constituted on 29th April, 1997.

The Committee consists of 30 Members of whom 20 are nominated by the Speaker from amongst the Members of Lok Sabha and 10 are nominated by the Chairman, Rajya Sabha from amongst the Members of the Rajya Sabha. The Chairman of the Committee is appointed by the Speaker from amongst its Members. A Minister cannot be nominated a Member of the Committee.

The term of the Committee does not exceed one year.

 

Functions

The functions of the Committee on Empowerment of Women are:

  1. To consider the reports submitted by the National Commission for Women and to report on the measures that should be taken by the Union Government for improving the status/conditions of women in respect of matters within the purview of the Union Government including the Administration of the Union Territories;
  2. To examine the measures taken by the Union Government to secure for women equality, status and dignity in all matters;
  3. To examine the measures taken by the Union Government for comprehensive education and adequate representation of women in Legislative bodies/services and other fields;
  4. To report on the working of the welfare programmes for the women;
  5. To report on the action taken by the Union Government and Administration of the Union Territories on the measures proposed by the Committee; and
  6. To examine such other matters as may seem fit to the Committee or are specifically referred to it by the Lok Sabha or the Speaker and the Rajya Sabha or the Chairman, Rajya Sabha.

Joint Committee on Offices of Profit

The Joint Committee on Office of Profit is constituted in pursuance of a Government motion adopted by Lok Sabha and concurred in by Rajya Sabha.

It consists of 15 members.  Ten members are elected from Lok Sabha and five members from Rajya Sabha, who are elected from amongst the members of the respective Houses according to the principle of proportional representation by means of single transferable vote. The Committee is constituted for the duration of each Lok Sabha.

The  main functions of the Committee are to examine the composition and character of the Committees appointed by the Central and State Governments and to recommend what offices should disqualify and what offices should not disqualify a person for being chosen as, and for being, a member of either House of Parliament under article 102 of the Constitution.

The Reports of the Committee are presented to the Lok Sabha and laid on the Table of Rajya Sabha.

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