Indian Parliament : Frequently asked General knowledge questions on Indian Parliament
Parliament is the supreme legislative body of a country. Our Parliament comprises of the President and the two Houses—Lok Sabha (House of the People) and Rajya Sabha (Council of States).
Current President of India – Pranab Mukherjee-Since 25 July 2012
Lok Sabha : Lok Sabha is the body of representatives of the people.The present membership of Lok Sabha is 545
Speaker of Lok Sabha : Meira Kumar -Since 3 June 2009
Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha : Kariya Munda, BJP Since 8 June 2009
Rajya Sabha : Rajya Sabha is the Upper House of Parliament. It has not more than 250 members. Members of Rajya Sabha are not elected by the people directly but indirectly by the Legislative Assemblies of the various States. Every State is allotted a certain number of members. No member of Rajya Sabha can be under 30 years of age. There are at present 245 members in Rajya Sabha.
The Vice-President of India is the ex-officio Chairman of Rajya Sabha. He is elected by the members of an electoral college consisting of members of both Houses of Parliament. Rajya Sabha also elects one of its members to be the Deputy Chairman.
Chairman of Rajya Sabha : Mohammad Hamid Ansari ,Since 25 August 2012
Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha : P. J. Kurien, Congress,Since 21 August 2012
Parliament House : The building was designed by two famous architects— Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker—who were responsible for the planning and construction of New Delhi.
The Foundation Stone of Parliament House was laid on the 12th February, 1921 by H.R.H. The Duke of Connaught. The construction of the building took six years and the opening ceremony was performed on the 18th January, 1927 by the then Governor-General of India, Lord Irwin. The cost of construction was Rs. 83 lakhs.The building has twelve gates among which Gate No. 1 on the Sansad Marg is the main gate.
Parliament Budget : The ‘Annual Financial Statement’, laid before both the Houses of Parliament constitutes the Budget of the Union Government. This statement takes into account a period of one financial year. The financial year commences in India on 1st April each year. The statement embodies the estimated receipts and expenditure of the Government of India for the financial year.
Outstanding Parliamentarian Award :An award for Outstanding Parliamentarian was instituted by the Indian Parliamentary Group in the year 1995. The First and Second awards for the years 1995 and 1996 were conferred on Shri Chandrashekhar and Shri Somnath Chatterjee respectively. The Third and Fourth awards for the years 1997 and 1998 were conferred on Shri Pranab Mukherjee and Shri S. Jaipal Reddy respectively. The Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth awards for the years 1999, 2000, 001 and 2002 were conferred on Shri L. K. Advani, Shri Arjun Singh, Shri Jaswant Singh and Dr. Manmohan Singh respectively.
Parliamentary Committees :
Committee on Empowerment of Women
Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes
Public Accounts Committee
Public Undertakings Committee
Railway Convention Committee