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Understanding the Committee on Estimates



  Jun 13, 2024

Understanding the Committee on Estimates



Q: What is the Committee on Estimates?

A: The Committee on Estimates is a parliamentary committee consisting of 30 Lok Sabha members, elected annually, that examines the estimates of government expenditure to suggest economies, improvements, and administrative reforms.

Q: Who appoints the Chairman of the Committee on Estimates?

A: The Speaker of the Lok Sabha appoints the Chairman from among the committee members.

Q: What are the functions of the Committee on Estimates?

A: The Committee on Estimates has four main functions:

To recommend economies, improvements in organization, efficiency, or administrative reforms.
To suggest alternative policies for efficiency and economy in administration.
To examine if money is well-utilized within the policy limits of the estimates.
To suggest the form in which estimates should be presented to Parliament.

Q: Does the Committee on Estimates examine all government expenditures?

A: The Committee selects specific ministries, departments, or statutory bodies for examination each year. It also examines special interest matters referred by the House or the Speaker.

Q: What are some subjects examined by the Committee on Estimates?

A: In 2018-19, the Committee examined subjects like budgetary reforms, public distribution system, education, drought situation, and preparedness of armed forces.

Q: Does the Committee on Estimates have any restrictions on its examination?

A: Yes, it does not examine matters related to public undertakings, which fall under the purview of the Committee on Public Undertakings.

Q: Why is the Committee on Estimates called the "continuous economy" committee?

A: It's called the "continuous economy" committee because it works throughout the year to identify potential savings and administrative reforms.

Q: Can the Committee on Estimates approve changes in budget estimates?

A: Yes, any changes in the format or presentation of budget estimates require the approval of the Committee on Estimates.




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