Model Question and Answers for APSC | Why do you think the committees are considered to be useful for parliamentary work? Discuss, in this context, the role or the Estimates Committee.

Why do you think the committees are considered to be useful for parliamentary work? Discuss, in this context, the role or the Estimates Committee.

Model Question and Answers for APSC | Why do you think the committees are considered to be useful for parliamentary work? Discuss, in this context, the role or the Estimates Committee.

Ans: The purpose of the parliamentary committees is to investigate and address a wide range of issues that the legislature cannot directly address due to their volume. They play a significant role in Indian democracy by keeping an eye on how the executive branch is operating and offering the legislature different policy recommendations.

Committees are useful for parliamentary work:

  • It is impossible to discuss every single bill in parliament in detail due to the sheer volume of A proposed law is thoroughly discussed and analysed by committees, ensuring that every law is advantageous to citizens.
  • Parliamentary committees monitor public spending and various laws to ensure executive accountability. The Public Accounts Committee is interested in how public funds are used and their outcomes.
  • As opposed to discussions in open Houses where party positions take precedence, committee allows members for a more meaningful exchange of views. They are able to make better policy decisions as a result.
  • Committees enable the use of suggestions and input from various experts on legal subject matter, assisting in the development of better policies and laws.
  • The Committee on Government Assurances examines the different guarantees, commitments, undertakings, etc. made by ministers and periodically reports on the degree to which such guarantees have been carried out. This guarantees that the government is accountable to the people, enabling democracy in its purest form.
  • The Committee on Members' Absences reviews every request for a leave of absence from House proceedings and considers each instance of a member's absence.

The Estimates committee is one of the three financial committees. The members of this are drawn solely from Lok Sabha.

  • This committee works as the “continuous economy committee”. It examines the annual budget estimates in detail, in order to suggest some remedial economic measures, administrative reforms etc.
  • Suggest any alternative policies to bring economy in country’s financial functioning.
  • To examine whether the money spent was appropriate or not, and also the channel through which it was spent was correct or not.
  • The estimates committee examines the working of the It criticizes if the policy does not work properly and efficiently and leads to waste. It also suggests some alternative or curative measures.
  • It is the duty of the estimates committee to bring to the notice of the Parliament, the ineffectiveness of the policy and need for changes in policy.