How is Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha selected?

Q.  Which of the following is/are true?

1) When Vice-President acts as President, Deputy Chairman presides over the Rajya Sabha.
2) Salary of the Deputy Chairman is not charged on the Consolidated Fund of India.

- Published on 02 Mar 17

a. Only 1
b. Only 2
c. Both 1 and 2
d. All of the above

ANSWER: Only 1
  • The Deputy Chairman is elected by the Rajya Sabha itself from amongst its members.

  • Whenever the office of the Deputy Chairman falls vacant, the Rajya Sabha elects another member to fill the vacancy.

  • The Deputy Chairman vacates his office in any of the following 3 cases -

    (a) if he ceases to be a member of the Rajya Sabha;
    (b) if he resigns by writing to the Chairman; and
    (c) if he is removed by a resolution passed by a majority of all the members of the Rajya Sabha.Such a resolution can be moved only after giving 14 days’ advance notice.

  • The Deputy Chairman performs the duties of the Chairman’s office when it is vacant or when the Vice-President acts as President or discharges the functions of the President.

  • He also acts as the Chairman when the latter is absent from the sitting of the House.

  • In both the cases, he has all the powers of the Chairman.

  • It should be emphasized here that the Deputy Chairman is not subordinate to the Chairman. He is directly responsible to the Rajya Sabha.

  • Like the Chairman, the Deputy Chairman, while presiding over the House, cannot vote in the first instance; he can only exercise a casting vote in the case of a tie.

  • Further, when a resolution for the removal of the Deputy Chairman is under consideration of the House, he cannot preside over a sitting of the House, though he may be present.

  • When the Chairman presides over the House, the Deputy Chairman is like any other ordinary member of the House.

  • He can speak in the House, participate
    in its proceedings and vote on any question before the House.
  • Like the Chairman, the Deputy Chairman is also entitled to a regular salary and allowance.

  • They are fixed by Parliament and are charged on the Consolidated Fund of India.

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