House-Keeping Committees & Committees of Day-to-Day Business
Q. Which of the following are true regarding the composition of Departmental Standing Committees?
1) Rajya Sabha doesn’t have Committee on Private Members’ Bills and Resolutions.
2) Both houses of Parliament have their own Committee on Absence of Members.
3) Speaker/Chairman are ex-officio chairman of General Purpose Committee.- Published on 03 Mar 17
a. 2, 3
b. 1, 3
c. 1, 2
d. All of the above
ANSWER: 1, 3
Committees Relating to the Day-to-Day Business of the House - It includes the following.
- Business Advisory Committee - regulates the programme and time table of the House.
- It allocates time for the transaction of legislative and other business.
- The Lok Sabha committee consists of 15 members including the Speaker as its chairman.
- In the Rajya Sabha, ithas 11 members including the Chairman as its ex-officio chairman.
- Committee on Private Members’ Bills and Resolutions - classifies bills and allocates time for the discussion on bills and resolutions introduced by private members (other than ministers).
- This is a special committee of the Lok Sabha and consists of 15 members including the Deputy Speaker as its chairman.
- The Rajya Sabha does not have any such committee.
- The same function in the Rajya Sabha is performed by the Business Advisory Committee of that House.
- Rules Committee - considers the matters of procedure and conduct of business in the House and recommends necessary amendments or additions to the rules of the House.
- The Lok Sabha committee has 15 members including the Speaker as its ex-officio chairman.
- In the Rajya Sabha, it has 16 members including the Chairman as its ex-officio chairman.
- Committee on Absence of Members - considers all applications from members for leave of absence from the sittings of the House, and examines the cases of members who have been absent for a period of 60 days or more without permission.
- It is a special committee of the Lok Sabha and consists of 15 members.
- There is no such committee in the Rajya Sabha and all such matters are dealt by the House itself.
House-Keeping Committees - It includes the following -
- General Purposes Committee - considers and advises on matters concerning affairs of the House, which do not fall within the jurisdiction of any other parliamentary committee.
- In each House, this committee consists of the presiding officer (Speaker / Chairman) as its ex-officio chairman, Deputy Speaker (Deputy Chairman in the case of Rajya Sabha), members of panel of chairpersons (panel of Vice-Chairpersonsin the case of Rajya Sabha), chairpersons of all the departmental standing committees of the House,leaders of recognized parties and groups in the House and such other members as nominated by the presiding officer.
- House Committee - deals with residential accommodation of members and other amenities like food,medical aid etc., accorded to them in their houses and hostels in Delhi.
- Both the Houses have their respective House Committees.
- In the Lok Sabha, it consists of 12 members.
- Library Committee - considers all matters relating to library of the Parliament and assists the members in utilizing the library’s services.
- It consists of nine members (6 from Lok Sabha and 3 from Rajya Sabha).
- Joint Committee on Salaries and Allowances of Members - frames rules for regulating payment of salary, allowances and pension to members of Parliament.
- It was constituted under the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954.
- It consists of 15 members (10 from Lok Sabha and 5 from Rajya Sabha).