How is Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha elected?
Q. Which of the following is/are true?
1) Date of election of the Deputy Speaker is fixed by the President.
2) When the Speaker presides over the House, the Deputy Speaker is like any other ordinary member of the House.
3) Whenever Deputy Speaker is appointed as a member of a parliamentary committee, he automatically becomes its chairman.- Published on 02 Mar 17
a. 1, 2
b. 1, 3
c. 2, 3
d. All of the above
ANSWER: 2, 3
- Deputy Speaker is also elected by the Lok Sabha itself from amongst its members.
- He is elected after the election of the Speaker has taken place.
- The date of election of the Deputy Speaker is fixed by the Speaker.
- Whenever the office of the Deputy Speaker falls vacant, the Lok Sabha elects another member to fill the vacancy.
- Deputy Speaker remains in office usually during the life of the Lok Sabha.
However, he may vacate his office earlier in any of the below 3 cases -
(a) if he ceases to be a member of the Lok Sabha;
(b) if he resigns by writing to the Speaker; and
(c) if he is removed by a resolution passed by a majority of all the members of the Lok Sabha. Such a resolution can be moved only after giving 14 days’ advance notice.
- The Deputy Speaker performs the duties of the Speaker’s office when it is vacant or when the latter is absent from the sitting of the House.
- In both the cases, he assumes all the powers of the Speaker.
- He also presides over the joint sitting of both the Houses of Parliament, in case the Speaker is absent.
- Deputy Speaker is not subordinate to the Speaker and is directly responsible to the House.
- Whenever Deputy Speaker is appointed as a member of a parliamentary committee, he automatically becomes its chairman.
- Deputy Speaker, while presiding over the House, cannot vote in the first instance and can cast only a casting vote in the case of a tie.
- Also, when a resolution for the removal of the Deputy Speaker is under consideration of the House, he cannot preside at the sitting of the House, though he may be present.
- When the Speaker presides over the House, the Deputy Speaker 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.
- The Deputy Speaker is entitled to a regular salary and allowance fixed by Parliament, and charged on the Consolidated Fund of India.