What are Consultative Committees?

Q.  Which of the following is/are true regarding Consultative Committees?

1) Consultative committees are not attached to ministries/departments.
2)These committees are constituted by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.

- Published on 03 Mar 17

a. Only 1
b. Only 2
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2

ANSWER: Only 2
  • Consultative committees are attached to various ministries/departments of the Central Government.

  • They consist of members of both the Houses of Parliament.

  • The Minister/Minister of State in charge of the Ministry concerned acts as the chairman of the consultative committee of that ministry.

  • These committees provide a forum for informal discussions between the ministers and the members of Parliament on policies and programmes of the government and the manner of their implementation.

  • These committees are constituted by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.

  • The guidelines regarding the composition, functions and procedures of these committees are formulated by this Ministry.

  • The Ministry also makes arrangements for holding their meetings both during the session and the intersession period of Parliament.

  • The membership of these committees is voluntary and is left to the choice of the members and the leaders of their parties.

  • The maximum membership of a committee is 30 and the minimum is 10.

  • These committees are normally constituted after the new Lok Sabha is constituted, after General Elections for the Lok Sabha.

  • Thus, these committees shall stand dissolved upon dissolution of every Lok Sabha and shall be reconstituted upon constitution of each Lok Sabha.

  • Also, separate Informal Consultative Committees of the members of Parliament are also constituted for all the Railway Zones.

  • Members of Parliament belonging to the area falling under a particular Railway Zone are nominated on the Informal Consultative Committee of that Railway Zone.

  • Unlike the Consultative Committees attached to various ministries/departments, the meetings of the Informal Consultative Committees are to be arranged during the session periods only.


  • Vikash raj   -Posted on 05 Aug 19
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