Mallikarjun Kharge appointed New Chairman of PAC

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge was appointed the new chairman of the 21-member Public Accounts Committee of Parliament.
  • Kharge replaces Congress leader K V Thomas whose term ended on April 30.
  • The Parliamentary panel, which is headed by an opposition leader, has a majority of its members from the ruling NDA. The new committee has only two new faces while the remaining members have been renominated. Subhash Chandra Baheria and Ram Shankar, both of the BJP, have replaced their party members Richard Hay and Janardan Singh Sigriwal.
Points To Remember:-
  • PAC  became a Parliamentary committee on January 26, 1950. Since 1967, a convention has been established whereby an eminent leader from the opposition in Lok Sabha is appointed as its chairperson.
  • The Committee on Public Accounts is the oldest Parliamentary committee that examines the accounts showing the appropriation of sums granted by Parliament for expenditure of Government of India and such other accounts of autonomous and semi-autonomous bodies.
  • The PAC is formed every year with a strength of not more than 22 members of which 15 are from Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Parliament, and 7 from Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament .

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