UPSC General Studies Sample Paper General Studies Sample Paper-9

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    Which of the following statements regarding the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) are incorrect?
    1. Joint Parliamentary Committee can only be formed by a motion adopted by one House and supported by the other.
    2. The committee has members only from the Lok Sabha and has a term of 1 year.
    3. The committee has powers to summon any witness before itself.
    4. Recommendations of a JPC are binding on the government.
    5. Powers of the JPC are broader than any other committee.
    Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

    A)  1, 2 and 4                    

    B)  2, 3 and 5

    C)  3 and 4           

    D)  2, 4 and 5

    Correct Answer: A

    Solution :

    [a] There are two methods of forming a JPC. Either, a motion to constitute the committee adopted by one House has to be supported by the other House or the presiding officers of the two Houses can come together to agree to form a JPC by agreement. Thus, Statement 1 is incorrect. Statement 2 is also incorrect. The committee being a joint committee has members from both Houses of Parliament, but the terms of reference and the time period of the committee are decided in the motion constituting the committee itself. This means that the powers of the committee can be broader than any other Parliamentary Committee.

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