Synopsis: PRS Legislative Research’s “Annual review of state laws 2020” shows that the productivity and efficacy of State legislatures is poor. Background Public information on the working of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha is readily available to Indian citizens because of the efforts of PRS Legislative Research. In contrast, the public information available on the… Continue reading Annual review of state laws 2020 report by PRS
Synopsis: Parliamentary proceedings should operate virtually to ensure the voices of all sections of the country are heard. Many other countries are doing the same. Introduction The legislature which is the third arm of the state seems to be missing when there are as many as 306 districts now with a positivity of 20 percent… Continue reading Importance of Parliamentary Proceedings
Synopsis: Ordinance Making Power by the executives has increasingly been misused. A vigilant Legislature and Court can reduce this menace. Background Recently, the central government re-promulgated the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Ordinance, 2020 This raises questions over the constitutional validity of issuing ordinances and that of re-promulgating… Continue reading Misuse of Ordinance Making Power
Synopsis: Parliament needs to ensure scrutiny over the actions and bills passed by the government. Its role is declining in ensuring the accountability of the executive. Background Parliament sessions are ending prematurely due to various reasons. For example, the recent budget session of the parliament ended two weeks ahead of the original plan. Partly the… Continue reading Declining Role of Parliament in Ensuring Accountability of Executive
Introduction Recently Haryana government notified its Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Bill, 2020. This bill provides job reservation in the private sector for locals. Prior to Haryana, States such as Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh also tried to provide reservation in private jobs. Now the question is whether it is a constitutionally or legally… Continue reading Job reservation in private sector for locals – Explained, pointwise
Synopsis: The problems associated with Anti defection law got highlighted again in the Puducherry assembly issue. The law was unable to provide stability to the ruling government which led to the imposition of president rule in the state. Background: Some MLAs from the ruling government resigned from the Puducherry assembly. This eventually resulted in the… Continue reading Problems associated with Anti Defection Law
Synopsis: Recently Facebook India head appealed in the Supreme Court against the summon by Delhi Assembly. SC should avoid any interference in the assembly’s right to discussion on important public matters. Background A few months ago, the Delhi Legislative assembly issued a notice to the head of Facebook India, Ajit Mohan. The notice was for him to appear in front of… Continue reading Right to discussion of State Assemblies and Supreme Court interference
Synopsis: The ruling party who dominates the lower house is sometimes seen undermining the role of the Upper House. Such an approach dilutes the principle of bicameralism and undermines the spirit of the constitution. Background: The recent passage of the Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill in Karnataka’s legislative council has attracted criticism.… Continue reading The trend of Undermining the Role of Upper House
Source: The Hindu Gs2: Parliament and State Legislatures—Structure, Functioning, Conduct of Business, Powers & Privileges and Issues Arising out of these. Synopsis: Following the Democratic Parliamentary Process is more important than enforcing the will of the majority. Background Nearly 20 Opposition parties boycotted the recent (2021) President’s address to a joint sitting of Parliament. Further,… Continue reading Importance of Abiding by the Parliamentary Processes
Source: Indian Express Gs2: Parliament and State Legislatures—Structure, Functioning, Conduct of Business, Powers & Privileges and Issues Arising out of these. Synopsis: The History, Procedure & tradition and format of President’s address in Parliament. Background: The first Parliament session for 2021 is set to begin. It is the constitutional mandate for the President (Ram Nath… Continue reading Procedure and importance of President’s Address in Parliament
Why in News? Over the years, Parliament has repealed several laws. But there have also been examples when the government has not brought an already passed law into force. Few such Examples Two such examples are the National Environment Tribunal Act and the Delhi Rent Control Act which Parliament passed in 1995 but had never… Continue reading When passed Bills do not convert into functioning laws?
Synopsis: Conflicts like the one in Kerala over the power to summon the state legislature, will only add up to the already dismal performance of sessions of state legislatures. Issue of summoning the sessions in state legislature: The events in Kerala and Rajasthan are an abnormality. Kerala Event: Lately, Kerala government recommended governor for summoning the… Continue reading Issue of summoning state legislature and their performance
Source: Click here News: Government has decided to cancel the Winter session of Parliament, citing fears over a surge in cases due to covid-19 pandemic. Facts: Constitution on Summoning of Parliament: The summoning of Parliament is specified in Article 85 of the Constitution.Like many other articles, it is based on the provision of Government of India Act,1935.… Continue reading A look at how Parliament sessions are convened?
Departmentally Related Standing Committees (DRSCs) News: In the current Lok Sabha, 17 Bills were referred to committees. Parliamentary Committees are established to study and deal with various matters that cannot be directly handled by the legislature due to their volume. Constitutional Provision: Indian Constitution mentions two kinds of parliamentary committees under Article 118 (1) of the… Continue reading Departmentally Related Standing Committees (DRSCs)
Performance of the Parliament In news: The decision to drop “Question Hour” during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, evoked serious concerns about the democratic functioning of the institution. Brief Overview of the Indian Parliament: The Parliament is the legislative organ of the Union government. The Indian Parliament comprises of the President and the two Houses… Continue reading Performance of the Parliament