SSC Indian Polity and Civics Sample Paper NCERT Sample Paper-1

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    Which one of the Parliamentary committees in India is a 'watchdog' on departmental expenditure and irregularities?

    A)  Estimates Committee

    B)  Committee on Public Undertakings

    C)  Public Accounts Committee

    D)  Committee on Public Assurances

    Correct Answer: C

    Solution :

    [c] This Committee on Public Accounts consists of 15 members elected by the Lok Sabha and 7 members of the Rajya Sabha are associated with it. A Minister is not eligible for election to this Committee. The term of the Committee is one year. The main duty of the Committee is to ascertain whether the money granted by Parliament has been spent by Government "within the scope of the Demand". The Appropriation Accounts of the Government of India and the Audit Reports presented by the Comptroller and Auditor General mainly form the basis for the examination of the Committee. Cases involving losses, nugatory expenditure and financial irregularities come in for severe criticism by the Committee. The Committee is not concerned with questions of policy. It is concerned only with the execution of the policy laid down by Parliament and its results.

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