The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs is an Indian government ministry. It looks after the affairs relating to the Parliament of India and works as a link between the two chambers, the Lok Sabha (“House of the People,” the lower house) and the Rajya Sabha (“Council of States,” the upper house). It was set up in 1949 as a department but later became a full ministry.
The Minister of Parliamentary Affairs holds cabinet rank as a member of the Council of Ministers. The present minister is Ananth Kumar. The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs operates under the overall direction of Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs.
Functions allotted to the Ministry under the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 made by the President under Article 77(3) of the Constitution of India:-
- Dates of calling and prorogation of the two Houses of Parliament, Dissolution of Lok Sabha, President’s Address to Parliament.
- Planning and Coordination of legislative and different official business in both Houses.
- Allocation of Government time in Parliament for discussion of motions given notice of by Members.
- Liaison with Leaders and Whips of various Parties and Groups represented in Parliament.
- Details of Members of Select and Joint Committees on Bills.
- Appointment of Members of Parliament on Committees and other bodies established by Government.
- Functioning of Consultative Committees of Members of Parliament for different Ministries.
- Implementation of assurances given by Ministers in Parliament.
- Governments stand on Private Members Bills and Resolutions.
- Secretarial helping to the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs.
- Advice to Ministries on procedural and other Parliamentary issues.
- Coordination of action by Ministries on recommendations of general application created by Parliamentary Committees.
- Officially sponsored visits of Members of Parliament to areas of interest.
- Issues connected with powers, privileges, and immunities of Members of Parliament.
- Parliamentary Secretaries – functions.
- Organisation of Youth Parliament Competitions in Schools/Colleges in the whole country.
- Managing of All India Whips Conference.
- Exchange of Government Sponsored Delegations of Members of Parliament with different countries.
- Determination of Policy and follow up action in regard to matters raised under rule 377 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha and by way of Special rules in Rajya Sabha.
- Manual for Handling Parliamentary job in Ministries/Departments.
- The Salaries and Allowances of Officers of Parliament Act, 1953 (20 of 1953).
- The Salary, Allowances, and Pensions of Members of Parliament Act, 1954 (30 of 1954).
- The Salary, and Allowances of Leaders of Opposition in Parliament Act, 1977 (33 of 1977).
- The Leader and Chief Whips of Recognised Parties and Groups in Parliament (Facilities) Act, 1998 (5 of 1999).