Estimates Committee in India: Definition and Functions

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Estimates Committee in India

Standing financial committees are divided into six parts on the basis of the functions performed by them. Additionally, one of them is the Financial Committee, which is again divided into three parts: Public Accounts Committee, Estimates Committee, and Committee on Public Undertakings. Moreover, it was first set up in 1921. After the independence of India, the first Estimates Committee was established on the recommendation of the erstwhile Finance Minister, John Mathai in 1950. Furthermore, at the time of its initiation, the total number of members was kept at 25, later on, it changed to 30 members. Furthermore, the members of the Lok Sabha are chosen to be members of this Committee and no Rajya Sabha members have any representation here.

What is the Estimates Committee?

The Estimates Committee is a committee appointed by the Parliament to scrutinize expenditure and funds in government ministries and departments. Currently, the Chairman of the committee is Girish Bapat from the Bharatiya Janata Party.

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Estimates Committee
Type of MembersLok Sabha members
Elected ByLok Sabha
Election FrequencyYearly
Representation MethodProportional representation with a single transferable vote
Party RepresentationMoreover, ensures representation for all parties
Term of OfficeOne year
Ministerial MembershipNot allowed
Chairperson SelectionAppointed by the Speaker from committee members
Chairperson Party AffiliationUsually from ruling party

Functions of the Estimates Committee

Additionally, the following are the detailed Functions of the Committee: 

  1. Analyzing budget estimates and recommending cost-saving measures for government spending.
  1. Moreover, identifying areas to improve efficiency, organization, and administrative practices, ensuring alignment with budget policies.
  1. Proposing alternative policies that enhance administrative effectiveness and cost-efficiency.
  1. Furthermore, evaluating how well funds are allocated within the framework set by the budget’s policies.
  1. Consequently, suggesting improvements to the format used to present budget estimates to Parliament.

Members of the Estimates Committee

In addition, here is a list of the Members of the Estimates Committee:

List of Members of the Estimates Committee
Sr. No.Members of the Estimate Committee
1.Girish Bapat
2.Dharmendra Kashyap
3.Ashok Kumar Rawat
4.Francisco Sardinha
5.Jugal Kishore Sharma
6.Harish Dwivedi
7.Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre
8.Nishikant Dubey
9.Raksha Khadse
10.Parvatagouda C Gaddigoudar
11.Dr. Sanjay Jaiswal
12.Ravindra Kumar Pandey
13.Rajesh Pandey
14.Bhagirath Prasad
15.Jugal Kishore Sharma
16.Rajiv Pratap Rudy
17.Prakash Babanna Hukkeri
18.Ranjeet Ranjan
19.A. Arunmozhithevan
20.P Kumar
21.Ratna De
22. Kalyan Banerjee
23.Kavitha Kalvakuntla
24.Dushyant Chautala
25.Kaushalendra Kumar
26.Kristappa Nimmala
27.Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo
28.Mohammed Salim
29.Arvind Ganpat Sawant
30.Jay Prakash Narayan Yadav
List of Members of the Estimates Committee

Therefore, this is everything about the Estimates Committee. Moreover, it is important to know that it is not required to take over the jurisdiction of the Committee of Public Undertakings. 

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