Parliamentary Forums

The Parliamentary Forum was constituted in the year 2005. They were formed with an objective to provide a platform to members to interact with concerned ministers, experts and key officials the knowledge and information on critical national issues. These Forums thus equip and assist its members to strategise and implement solutions on related matters. The first Parliamentary Forum was on Water Conservation and Management. Later five more Forums were added. At present, there are six Parliamentary Forums namely,

  • Parliamentary Forum on Water Conservation and Management.
  • Parliamentary Forum on Youth.
  • Parliamentary Forum on Children.
  • Parliamentary Forum on Population and Public Health.
  • Parliamentary Forum on Global Warming and Climate Change.
  • Parliamentary Forum on Disaster Management.

The objectives behind the constitution of the Parliamentary Forums are:

  1. To provide a platform to the members for interaction with the ministers concerned, experts and key officials from the nodal ministries to have meaningful discussions on critical issues with a result-oriented approach for speeding up the implementation process.
  2. To sensitise members about the key areas of concern and also about the ground level situation and equip them with latest information, knowledge, technical know-how and valuable inputs from experts both from the country and abroad for enabling them to raise these issues effectively on the floor of the House and in meetings of the Departmentally-Related Standing Committees.
  3. To prepare a data base on critical issues from ministries concerned, NGO’s, newspapers, Internet, United Nations etc. and circulation thereof to the members so that they can meaningfully participate in the discussions of the forums.

Composition of the Forum:

  • The Speaker of Lok Sabha is the President of all the Forums except the Parliamentary Forum on Population and Public Health wherein the Chairman of Rajya Sabha is the President and the Speaker is the Co-President.
  • The Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, the Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha, the concerned Ministers and the Chairmen of Departmentally-Related Standing Committees are the exofficio Vice-Presidents of the respective Forums.
  • Each Forum consists of not more than 31 members (excluding the President and ex-officio VicePresidents) out of whom not more than 21 are from the Lok Sabha and not more than 10 are from the Rajya Sabha.
  • Members (other than the President and Vice-Presidents) of these forums are nominated by the Speaker/Chairman from amongst the leaders of various political parties/groups or their nominees, who have special knowledge/keen interest in the subject.
  • The duration of the office of members of the forum is co-terminus with their membership in the respective Houses. A member may also resign from the forum by writing to the Speaker/Chairman.
  • The President of the forum appoints a member-convener for each forum to conduct regular, approved programmes/meetings of the forum in consultation with the President. The meetings of the forums are held from time to time, as may be necessary, during Parliament sessions.

External links:

Parliamentary Forums, India

GKToday – Parliamentary Fora in India

Jagran Josh – Parliamentary Forums


Questions:

Parliamentary Forums

  1. Parliamentary Forum was constituted in the year ________.
    a) 1990
    b) 1970
    c) 2005
    d) 1985
  2. How many types of Parliamentary Forums are there at present?
    a) 8
    b) 6
    c) 12
    d) 15
  3. Which was the first Parliamentary Forum to be constituted?
    a) Parliamentary Forum on Population and Public Health
    b) Parliamentary Forum on Water Conservation and Management
    c) Parliamentary Forum on Global Warming and Climate Change
    d) Parliamentary Forum on Disaster Management
  4. The Speaker of Lok Sabha is the President of all Forums except ________
    a) Parliamentary Forum on Water Conservation and Management
    b) Parliamentary Forum on Population and Public Health
    c) Parliamentary Forum on Youth
    d) Parliamentary Forum on Disaster Management
  5. The ­­­­­________ nominate the members of these Forums.
    a) Speaker/Chairman
    b) deputy speaker
    c) deputy chairman
    d) President
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