Rajnish Optimist 145 Questions 255 Answers 237 Best Answers 1k Points View Profile Rajnish Asked: May 23, 20212021-05-23T10:14:42+05:30 2021-05-23T10:14:42+05:30In: UPSC PRELIMS Describe the President addressing Parliament in India(PRS). Describe the President addressing Parliament in India(PRS). polity Share Facebook 1 Answer Recent Kirti Delhi, India 226 Questions 325 Answers 23 Best Answers 1k Points View Profile Kirti 2021-05-23T10:27:20+05:30Added an answer on May 23, 2021 at 10:27 am Recent Context – The first Parliament session of 2021 began with President addressing members of both Houses of Parliament. President Address – The Constitution gives the President the power to address either House or a joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament. Article 86(1) of the Constitution provides that the President may address either House of Parliament or both Houses assembled together, and for that purpose require the attendance of members. However, since the commencement of the Constitution, there has not been any occasion when the President has addressed either House or both Houses assembled together, under the provision of this article Article 87 provides two special occasions on which the President addresses a joint sitting. The first is to address the opening session of a new legislature after a general election. The second is to address the first sitting of Parliament each year. If at the time of commencement of the first session of the year, Lok Sabha is not in existence and has been dissolved, and Rajya Sabha has to meet, Rajya Sabha can have its session without the President’s Address. It happened in 1977. In the case of the first session after each general election to Lok Sabha, the President addresses both Houses of Parliament assembled together after the members have made and subscribed the oath or affirmation and the Speaker has been elected. In India, the practice of the President addressing Parliament can be traced back to the Government of India Act of 1919. This law gave the Governor-General the right of addressing the Legislative Assembly and the Council of State. The law did not have a provision for a joint address but the GovernorGeneral did address the Assembly and the Council together on multiple occasions. When the Constitution came into force, the President was required to address each session of Parliament. So, during the provisional Parliament in 1950, President Rajendra Prasad gave an address before every session. The First Amendment to the Constitution in 1951 changed this position and made the President’s address once a year. The address of the President follows a general structure in which it highlights the government’s accomplishments from the previous year and sets the broad governance agenda for the coming year. The government uses the President’s address to make policy and legislative announcements. The President’s Address in India is mirrored on the British system. In the United Kingdom, it is referred to as the Queen’s Speech and is part of the ceremony to mark the formal start of the parliamentary year. In the British system, the Queen’s speech written by the government. She reads it in person from the throne in the House of Lords. In the American system, the President has the option of simply sending his written speech to Congress instead of personally going to deliver it. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Leave an answerCancel replyYou must login or register to add a new answer. Related Questions What is Pathalgadi? What is Bodo Accord?