UPSC General Studies Sample Paper General Studies Sample Paper-6

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    Which one of the following statements about expenditure charged upon the Consolidated Fund of India is incorrect?

    A)  Salaries and allowances of Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners come under charged expenditure

    B)  Charged expenditure can be discussed by the Houses of Parliament

    C)  Constitution provides for separation of charged expenditure from other expenditure in the budget

    D)  Salaries, pensions etc mentioned under charged expenditure can also be reduced if the government wants

    Correct Answer: A

    Solution :

    [a] While most constitutional offices have their expenses mentioned under charged expenditure, the Election Commission and its officers don't. Thus, Statement [a] is incorrect. Statement [b] is correct, since charged expenditure can be discussed, though it cannot be voted upon. Statement [c] is correct as it is mentioned under Article 112, which provides for the budget, Statement [d] is also correct. There are provisions in the Constitution, which provide for not reducing the salaries of certain constitutional functionaries which also come under charged expenditure after their appointment. But there is no general restriction on reducing salaries, allowances etc even if they are mentioned as charged expenditure in the Constitution. The right answer is thus [a],

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