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Lok Sabha’s Ethics Committee UPSC NOTE

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The Ethics Committee of the Lok Sabha on Saturday asked Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra to appear before it on November 2 for a hearing into the cash-for-query scam.

Lok Sabha’s Ethics Committee

  • Its is a committee of the lower house of the Indian Parliament. 

  • The committee is responsible for overseeing the conduct of members of the Lok Sabha and addressing cases of misconduct.

  • The committee was established in 1996 as an ad hoc committee.

  • Later it was made permanent in 2014. 

  • The committee is composed of 15 members, including the Speaker of the Lok Sabha.

  • Speaker is the ex-officio chairman of the committee. 

  • The other members are appointed by the Speaker for a period of one year.

  • The committee can also recommend disciplinary action against a member, including censure, suspension, or expulsion.

Moral and Ethical conduct of MPs

  • MPs hold a position of public trust.

  • They are expected to uphold the highest standards of moral and ethical conduct

  • MPs play a vital role in making laws and decisions that affect all citizens.

Number of key principles includes,

  • Honesty and integrity: MPs must be honest and truthful in all their dealings, both public and private. They must also be transparent about their financial interests and avoid any conflicts of interest.

  • Accountability: MPs are accountable to the people who elected them. They must be responsive to their constituents' concerns and act in their best interests.

  • Fairness and impartiality: MPs must act fairly and impartially in all matters. They should not use their position for personal gain or favored individuals.

  • Respect for others: MPs must treat others with respect and dignity. They should avoid making discriminatory or offensive remarks.

Procedure for Complaints about an MP

  • For general complaints about an MP's conduct, 

      can contact the MP's office directly or write to        the Speaker of the Lok Sabha

  • If you are not satisfied with the MP's response, you can escalate the complaint to the Ethics Committee of the Lok Sabha.

  • For complaints about an MP's financial conduct, can contact the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). 

  • The CVC is an independent body that investigates allegations of corruption and misconduct by public officials.

  • For complaints about an MP's criminal conduct, can file a police complaint.

  • If not satisfied with the response, can escalate the complaint to the Ethics Committee of the Lok Sabha. 

  • The Ethics Committee is a committee of the Lok Sabha that is responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct against MPs.

  • Be specific about the nature of your complaint.

  • Provide evidence to support your complaint, such as emails, letters, or documents.

  • Be clear about what you want the MP or the relevant institution to do to resolve your complaint.

  • Be patient and persistent. 

  • It may take some time for complaint to be investigated and resolved.

Functions of Ethics Committee

  • The functions of an Ethics Committee vary on the context in which it is operating

  • To develop and implement ethical guidelines and policies.

  • To provide advice and guidance on ethical issues.

  • To investigate allegations of unethical conduct.

  • To recommend disciplinary action against those who have engaged in unethical conduct.

  • To promote ethical awareness and education.

  • Ethics Committees play an important role in protecting the public and ensuring that ethical standards are upheld

  • By investigating allegations of unethical conduct, recommending disciplinary action, and promoting ethical awareness and education, Ethics Committees help to create a more ethical and just society.



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