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SHRI HARIVANSH NARAYAN SINGH ELECTED AS DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF RAJYA SABHA

SHRI HARIVANSH NARAYAN SINGH ELECTED AS DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF RAJYA SABHA

About Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha

He is elected by the Rajya Sabha itself from amongst its members. Whenever the office of the Deputy Chairman falls vacant, the Rajya Sabha elects another member to fill the vacancy.

Vacancy of Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha

The Deputy Chairman vacates his office in any of the following three cases:

  • if he ceases to be a member of the Rajya Sabha.
  • if he resigns by writing to the Chairman.
  • if he is removed by a resolution passed by a majority of all the members of the Rajya Sabha. Such a resolution can be moved only after giving 14 days’ advance notice.

Duties and Responsibility of Deputy Chairman

  • The Deputy Chairman performs the duties of the Chairman’s office when it is vacant or when the Vice-President acts as President or discharges the functions of the President. He also acts as the Chairman when the latter is absent from the sitting of the House. In both the cases, he has all the powers of the Chairman.
  • Deputy Chairman is not subordinate to the Chair-man. He is directly responsible to the Rajya Sabha.
  • Like the Chairman, the Deputy Chairman, while presiding over the House, cannot vote in the first instance; he can only exercise a casting vote in the case of a tie.
  • When the Chairman presides over the House, the Deputy Chairman is like any other ordinary member of the House. He can speak in the House, participate in its proceedings and vote on any question before the House.
  • Like the Chairman, the Deputy Chairman is also entitled to a regular salary and allowance. They are fixed by Parliament and are charged on the Consolidated Fund of India.

About Rajya Sabha

  • The maximum strength of the Rajya Sabha is fixed at 250, out of which, 238 are to be the representatives of the states and union territories (elected indirectly) and 12 are nominated by the president.
  • At present, the Rajya Sabha has 245 members. Of these, 229 members represent the states, 4 members represent the union territories and 12 members are nominated by the president.
  • The Fourth Schedule of the Constitution deals with the allocation of seats of Rajya Sabha.

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