12, Jul 2018
Prelims level : Indian polity Mains level :
- It is moved by a member when he feels that a minister has committed a breach of privilege of the House or one or more of its members by withholding facts of a case or by giving wrong or distorted facts.
- Privilege motion is concerned with the breach of parliamentary privileges by a minister.
- It can be moved against an individual minister or a group of ministers or the entire council of ministers.
- If it is passed in the Lok Sabha, the council of ministers need not resign from the office.
- As per the Constitutional scheme of things, all members of the Parliament enjoy certain rights and immunities – this is also referred to as Parliamentary Privilege which is enjoyed both by the Parliament and the members in their individual capacity.
- This provision has been made in the Parliament so that they can discharge their functions smoothly.
- There is no separate law for the privilege enjoyed by the Parliament and its members.
- The Constitution has left it to the Parliament to define the powers, privileges and immunities to be enjoyed by it and the members.