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The Indian Parliamentary Group (IPG) is an autonomous body formed in the year 1949 in pursuance of a motion adopted by the Constituent Assembly (Legislative) on 16th August 1948. With reference to IPG, consider the following statements:

1. The membership of IPG is open to all members of Parliament.

2. The former members of Parliament can also become associate members of the Group and they enjoy the same rights as present members of the Parliament.

3. The Speaker of the Lok Sabha is the ex officio president of the Group.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


1. 1 and only
2. 2 and 3 only
3. 1 and 3 only
4. 1, 2 and 3

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Correct Answer - Option 3 : 1 and 3 only

The correct answer is 1 and 3 only.

  • INDIAN PARLIAMENTARY GROUP
    • ​The Indian Parliamentary Group is an autonomous body formed in the year 1949 in pursuance of a motion adopted by the Constituent Assembly (Legislative) on 16th August 1948.
    • The membership of IPG is open to all members of Parliament. Hence statement 1 is correct.
    • The former members of Parliament can also become associate members of the Group. But, the associate members are entitled to limited rights onlyHence, statement 2 is NOT correct
      • They are not entitled to representation at meetings and conferences of the IPU and the CPA.
      • They are also not entitled to the travel concessions provided to members by certain branches of the CPA.
    • The Speaker of the Lok Sabha is the ex officio president of the Group. Hence, statement 3 is correct.
    • The Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha and the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha are the ex officio vice-presidents of the Group.
    • The Secretary-General of the Lok Sabha acts as the ex officio Secretary-General of the Group.
  • OBJECTIVES
    • To promote personal contacts between members of the Parliament of India.
    • To study questions of public importance that are likely to come up before the Parliament; arrange seminars, discussions and orientation courses; and bring out publications for the dissemination of information to the members of the Group.
    • To arrange lectures on political, defence, economic, social and educational problems by the members of the Parliament and distinguished persons.
    • To arrange visits to foreign countries with a view to develop contacts with members of other parliaments.

  • The Group acts as a link between the Parliament of India and the various Parliaments of the world by exchange of delegations, goodwill missions, correspondence, documents etc. with foreign Parliaments.
  • It also functions as the
    • National Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and
    • Main Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in India

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