Parliament of India (Structure & Functioning)- Basic & Advance Knowledge

Indian Polity is as wide as it is important for any exam point of view especially when it comes to exams conducted by UPSC, SSC and other competitive exams. Polity also has a part in the UPSC EPFO Enforcement Officer 2020 exam scheduled to be conducted on 4th October 2020. Multiple topics come under India polity but in this article, we will provide you with Study notes on Parliament of India, about its structures, and the functioning that is carried out by our parliament.

 

This article will help you understand in a better way how our parliament is governing our country and what are the measures they are responsible for:-

 

1. Parliament of India – About

The Parliament of India is the supreme legislative body of the Republic of India. It is a bicameral legislature composed of the President of India and the two houses: the Rajya Sabha (Council of States) and the Lok Sabha (House of the People). The President in his role as head of the legislature has full powers to summon and prorogue either house of Parliament or to dissolve Lok Sabha. The president can exercise these powers only upon the advice of the Prime Minister and his Union Council of Ministers.

Those elected or nominated (by the President) to either house of Parliament are referred to as Members of Parliament (MP). The Members of Parliament, Lok Sabha are directly elected by the Indian public voting in Single-member districts, and the Members of Parliament, Rajya Sabha is elected by the members of all State Legislative Assembly by proportional representation.

The constituent assembly of India was constituted to write the constitution of India after we gained independence from the British in 1947.

The Sansad Bhavan (Parliament House) is located in New Delhi. It was designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, who were responsible for the planning and construction of New Delhi by the British government. The construction of buildings took six years and the opening ceremony was performed on 18 January 1927 by the then Viceroy and Governor-General of India, Lord Irwin.

 

Parliament of India (Structure & Functioning)

 

1.1 Structure of Parliament of India – UPSC EPFO EO Study Notes

The Indian Parliament consists of two houses called the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha with the President of India acting as their head.

 

1.1.1 President of India

The President of India, the head of state, is a component of Parliament. Under Article 60 and Article 111, the President’s responsibility is to ensure that laws passed by the Parliament are in accordance with the constitutional mandate and that the stipulated procedure is followed before according his/her approval to the bills.

The President of India is elected for a period of 5 years and is elected by the Members of Parliament and state legislatures.

 

1.1.2 Lok Sabha

Lok Sabha (House of the People) or the lower house has 543 members. 543 members are directly elected by citizens of India on the basis of their work and the region from which they are standing.

Every citizen of India who is over 18 years of age, irrespective of gender, caste, religion, or race and is otherwise not disqualified, is eligible to vote for the Lok Sabha.

The Constitution allows the Lok Sabha to have a maximum strength of 552 members. They have a term of five years. To be eligible for membership in the Lok Sabha, a person must be a citizen of India and must be 25 years of age or older, mentally sound, should not be bankrupt, and should not be criminally convicted.

 

1.1.3 Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha (Council of States) or the upper house is a permanent body not subject to dissolution. One-third of the members retire every second year and are replaced by newly elected members. Each member is elected for a term of six years.

Its members are indirectly elected by members of the legislative bodies of the states. The Rajya Sabha can have a maximum of 250 members. It has an allowed strength of 245 members, of which 233 are elected from States and Union Territories and 12 are nominated by the President of India. The number of members that can be elected from a state depends on the population of that very state. The minimum age for a person to become a member of Rajya Sabha is 30 years.

Source: Wikipedia

Govt. of India Website

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2. Functions of Parliament of India – Complete Details

 

2.1 The Legislative Functions (making Laws)

The parliament is entitled to make laws on all the matters mentioned in the Union list. This would also include the subjects mentioned in the Concurrent List. In case of the emergency being deployed, the parliament can make the laws for the subjects falling under the state list.

 

2.2 Financial Powers & Controls 

The Parliament os the epitome of the monetary powers. They figure out the ways through which the revenues will be raised through public services.

Monitoring of the expenditure of money and see if it is spent on the purpose it was allotted to.

Public Accounts Committee & Estimate Committees are the 2 standing committees of the parliament that keep an eye on the expenditure by the executives of the system.

 

Parliament of India (Structure & Functioning)

 

2.3 Amendment of the Powers

The Parliament of India has the power to make amendments to the constitution of India. Both the houses, the Lok Sabha & the Rajya Sabha share the same powers when it comes to amendments. The proposed bill needs to pass by both the houses before being officially implemented.

 

2.4 Assessment of the Work of the Cabinet of Ministers

The members of parliament keep a strict check on the cabinet of ministers. They continuously monitor whether the allotted work to the people’s representative s efficiently carried out or not.

Often debates are conducted to ensure the pros and cons of the function carried out by an executive or the complete cabinet.

Few Other functions involve the following:

  • Elective Functions
  • Judicial Functions
  • Constitutional Functions

3. Sessions Of Parliament of India

The period during which the parliament assembles to conduct its business. The President has the power to summon each house at certain intervals and there should not be a more than 6 months gap in between the assembly.

Parliament should meet at least twice a year. Usually, parliament conducts 3 sessions in a year.

  • Budget session: February to May
  • Monsoon session: July to September
  • Winter session: November to December

4. Few Interesting Facts On Parliament Of India

  • Dr. Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy holds a unique distinction, he was the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Lok Sabha speaker & President of India.
  • Present Speaker of the Lok Sabha – Om Birla
  • G. V. Malvankar was the first speaker for Lok Sabha (15 May 1952 – 27 Feb 1956)
  • No. Of MPs in seventeenth Lok Sabha (2019 -2024) – 543
  • The First session of the First Lok Sabha commenced on 13 May 1952.
  • Santosh Kumar Gangwar & Maneka Sanjay Gandhi are the longest-serving members of the seventeenth Lok Sabha.

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