Ethics Committee in Parliament

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Overview:

Recently, the Lok Sabha Speaker referred the complaint against a sitting member of parliament to the House Ethics Committee.

About Ethics Committee in Parliament: 

  • The genesis of formation of the Ethics Committee in Parliament can be traced to a resolution adopted at the Presiding Officers Conference held in New Delhi in October, 1996.
  • Each house of the parliament has its own ethics committee.
  • Ethics committee in Lok Sabha
    • It was first constituted in 2000.
    • Composition: It consists of not more than fifteen members and nominated by the Speaker.
    • Term: They shall hold office for a term not exceeding one year.
  • Ethics committee in Rajya Sabha
    • It was constituted in 1997.
    • Composition: It consists of 10 members nominated by the Chairman of Rajya Sabha.
    • Term: They shall hold office for a term not exceeding one year.
  • Functions
    • To oversee the moral and ethical conduct of the Members;
    • To examine the cases referred to it with reference to ethical and other misconduct of the Members.
  • Any person or member may make a complaint relating to unethical conduct of a member to the committee.
  • In the case of the Ethics Committee only an MP can be examined for misconduct.

Q1) What is Lok Sabha?

It is often referred to as the "House of the People," is the lower house of the Parliament of India. It is one of the two houses of India's bicameral legislature, with the other being the Rajya Sabha, which is the upper house. The Lok Sabha is the primary legislative body in India and plays a crucial role in the country's democratic system.

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