Social Watch India Perspective Paper Series on Parliamentary Committees

As a part of Social Watch Perspective Paper, social watch has come out with perspective paper on “Evaluating Parliamentary Committees and Committee System: Changing Contours of Governance & Policy”. A seminar/policy dialogue was organised on the same theme on 18th and 19th at New Delhi.

Shri. M. Hamid.Ansari, Hon’ble Vice President of India delivered the key note for the inaugural session of the Seminar on 18th November 2009. (click on the link below for the complete text of his speech)

This Paper provides an insight into recent trends and patterns in the working of the Parliamentary Committees and examines their role in the changing contours of Governance and Policy. While examining the issue the paper shows that though there is marginal improvement with regard to accountability of the executive to parliament, we still need to go a long way. The paper also points towards the strengthening of the Committee system by streamlining and rationalizing the system. The paper recommends-

• Reduction in the Number of Committees

• Reduction in the number of MP’s in the Committees

• Abolition of Consultative Committees as they serve no purpose

• Regular Monitoring and Evaluation of the Committees

• Induction of Experts from academia and Civil Society in advisory Capacity

• Longer tenure for the MP’s with the objective of developing their specialty on the subject

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  • Judiciary
  • NSW study the specific cases to understand the mind of the Judiciary. Under this section NSW analyzes issues and proposals on judicial accountability and reforms. Read more
  • Executive
  • NSW analyses the structural challenges in the Executive such as the conflict of interest between the Parliament and the Executive and within the Executive and related issues. Read more