Model Question and Answers for APSC | Evaluate the role of leader of the opposition in Indian democracy.
Ans : The Leader of the Opposition similarly holds an Office which arose in England out of practice. This affords a guarantee that its criticism will be directed by a consistent policy and conducted with responsibility-not in spirit calculated to ruin the game for the sake of the prize.
In India, Leaders of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha are accorded statutory recognition. The Salary and Allowances of Leaders of Opposition in Parliament Act, 1977, defines the Leader of the Opposition, in relation to either House of Parliament
The role of leader of the opposition in Indian democracy
1. He, among other things, watches for encroachments on the rights of minorities, demands debates when the Government is trying to slide away without parliamentary criticism
2. He is there as member in various committees to appoint functionaries to various constitutional and statutory offices
3. It is excellent training for the future occupants of the Treasury Bench and essential for the effective operation of democratic government.
4. Opposition is an essential part of democratic government. What is expected from an opposition is effective criticism.
5. Attacks upon the Government and upon individual Ministers are the function of the Opposition.
6. That duty is the major check upon corruption and defective administration. It is also the means by which individual injustices are prevented.