Q. Which of the following statement regarding Estimates Committee is NOT correct?

[A] The origin of this committee can be traced to the standing financial committee set up in 1921.

[B] The first Estimates Committee in the post-independence era was constituted in 1950 on the recommendation of Jawaharlal Nehru.

[C] All members of Estimates Committee are from Lok Sabha only.

[D] A minister cannot be elected as a member of the committee.

Answer: B
Notes:

Explanation: The origin of estimates committee can be traced to the standing financial committee set up in 1921.

  • The first Estimates Committee in the post-independence era was constituted in 1950 on the recommendation of John Mathai, the then finance minister.
  • Originally, it had 25 members but in 1956 its membership was raised to 30. All the thirty members are from Lok Sabha only. The Rajya Sabha has no representation in this committee.
  • These members are elected by the Lok Sabha every year from amongst its own members, according to the principles of proportional representation by means of a single transferable vote. Thus, all parties get due representation in it.
  • The term of office is one year. A minister cannot be elected as a member of the committee. The chairman of the committee is appointed by the Speaker from amongst its members and he is invariably from the ruling party.

Source: Laxmikanth Polity