Q.2 What are the issues with appointing civil servants to the post of Secretary-General of the Houses of the Parliament? Suggest the way forward. (10 Marks)

Mentor’s comment-
  • https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/needed-an-indian-legislative-service/article65249778.ece
    In the intro, mention the principle laid in the Constitution that secretariats should be independent of the executive government.
  • In the body, mention article 98 and issues with the appointing civil servant such as violation of the principle of independence from the executive, violation of the principle of separation of power, lack of expertise etc. In the way forward mention the formation of the Indian Legislative Service.
  • Conclude by mentioning that modern government and expansion of governmental activities require a matching development and laborious legislative exercise. Creating a common all-India service cadre is a must.
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