Lok Sabha's Ethics Committee

News-CRUX-10     9th November 2023        
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Context: The Ethics Committee of Lok Sabha, which inquired into the cash-for-query allegations leveled by BJP MP against TMC MP, is learned to have recommended her expulsion from the 17th Lok Sabha in its draft report.

Ethics Committee in Parliament

  • Each house of the parliament has its own ethics committee.

Lok Sabha

  • Constitution: 2000
  • Composition: 15 Members including Chairman
  • Appointment: By Lok Sabha Speaker
  • Tenure: 1 year

Rajya Sabha

  • Constitution: 1997
  • Composition: 10 Members including Chairman
  • Appointment: By Rajya Sabha Chairman
  • Tenure: 1 year.

Functions of the Ethics Committee

  • The primary role is to supervise the moral and ethical behavior of Members of Parliament.
  • It reviews cases referred to it regarding the ethical conduct and misconduct of Members, initiated by the Speaker in the Lok Sabha and the Chairman in the Rajya Sabha.
  • The committee also establishes a code of conduct for members and suggests revisions as necessary.
  • It offers guidance to members on ethical matters, either proactively or upon request.
  • The committee can handle complaints of ethical misconduct, initiated by any individual or taken up on its own.

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