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Ethics committee in India:
- This committee was constituted in Rajya Sabha in 1997 and in Lok Sabha in 2000. It enforces the code of conduct of members of Parliament.
- It examines the cases of misconduct and recommends appropriate action.
- Thus, it is engaged in maintaining discipline and decorum in Parliament.
- Ethics Committee of Rajya Sabha consists of ten members, including its Chairman, who are nominated by the Chairman, Rajya Sabha. Chairman of the Committee is from the largest party in the House.
- Rules relating to the Committee on Ethics came into force from July 2004. Rules relating to Declaration of the Assets and Liabilities under the Representation of the People (Third Amendment) Act, 2002 came into force from August 2004. Rule 292 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Council of States provides the link between the two above mentioned Rules.
Functions of the Committee:
Under Rule 290, the Committee has the following functions:
- To oversee the moral and ethical conduct of members;
- To prepare a Code of Conduct for members and to suggest amendments or additions to the Code from time to time in the form of reports to the Council;
- To examine cases concerning the alleged breach of the Code of Conduct by members as also cases concerning allegations of any other ethical misconduct of members; and
- To tender advice to members from time to time on questions involving ethical standards either suo motu or on receiving specific requests.