The Parliament of Gujarat, India

Population 60,383,628 (e2011)
Seat of Parliament Gandhinagar
Date of Independence N/A
Constitution State
CPA Branch Formed Jan 1 1961
Voting Age 18
First Parliament 01 May 1960
Local Information
Branch Profile The State of Gujarat was formed by bifurcating the Greater Bombay State into Gujarat and Maharashtra on 1st May 1960 by an Act of Parliament called the Bombay Reorganisation Act, 1960. When the State of Gujarat came into being on 1 May 1960, the number of members in the First Gujarat Legislative Assembly was 132. The number of members was 154 in the Second Gujarat Legislative Assembly and the number rose to 182 in the Fifth Gujarat Legislative Assembly in 1975. Since 1975, the strength of the Legislature has been stayed by Constitutional Amendments till 2025. The people elect the legislature in Gujarat as elswhere in India, under a system of adult franchise. The Gujarat Legislature is unicameral and is known as the Vidhansabha. Presently, the Twelfth Legislative Assembly consists of 182 members. The term of the Assembly is five years unless dissolved sooner. There are 19 permanent Committees in the Asssembly and these committees function as oversight committees. The recommendations included in the Reports of the Committees are generally accepted by Government. The Reports of the Committees are laid on the Table of Chamber and as per established Practices, the chamber never debates Reports of the Committees. As per the Constitutional mandate, formulation of the Budget rests with the Executive and the Legislature have no formal input into the formulation of the State Budget. However, the Estimates Committee can exercise some sort of influence in the formulation of future Budget. In Guajarat, departmental Standing Committees for scrutinizing the Budget prior to the passage of the Budget in the Chamber have not been constituted so far. After presentation of the Budget, its passage through the chamber takes 30 to 35 days.
Website http://www.gujaratassembly.gov.in

Chamber 1

Chamber Legislative Assembly
No of Seats 182
No of Women 14
Date of Last Election 16 Dec 2012
Term 5 years
No of Parties 3

Chamber 2

Chamber
No of Seats 0
No of Women 0
Date of Last Election
Term
No of Parties 0

Committees

Number of Departmental/Ministry Oversight Committees: 19
Number of Joint Committees (if bicameral):
Names of House Management (such as Privileges or Procedure) Committees: Public Accounts Committee; Committee on Estimates; Panchayati Raj Committee; Committee on Public Undertakings; Business Advisory Committee; Committee on Privileges; Committee on Private Members? Business; Committee on Subordinate Legislation; Rules Committee; Committee on Government Assurances; Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Castes; Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Tribes; Committee on Welfare of Socially and Educationally Backward Classes; Committee on Absence of Members; M.L.A.'s Hostel Committee; Committee on Papers Laid on the Table of the House; Committee on Member's Salaries and Allowances; Committee on Petitions; Library Committee.

Reports

Are reports or recommendations from committees debated in the Chamber: The Chamber never debates Committee reports.
Must Ministers provide substantive responses to committee reports/recommendations and, if so, what is the time limit for providing responses? The reports of the Committees are laid on the Table of Chamber and as per established practices, the chamber never debates reports of the Committees.

Budgets

Does Parliament or a committee have formal input into the formulation of the budget? As per the Constitutional mandate, formulation of the Budget rests with the Executive. While, the Legislature has no formal input, the Estimates Committee can exercise influence on future Budgets.
What is the normal time between the presentation of the budget to Members and its passage by Parliament? After the Budget is presented, its passage through the chamber takes 30 to 35 days.

Committee staffing

How much Chamber and committee time is normally spent in scrutinizing the budget prior to passage?
Number of Clerks to service committees: 10
Do committees have access to subject specialist researchers from parliamentary staff? No
Do committees have access to funds to hire external subject specialist advisors? No

Members of Parliament/Legislature

Name Position Address Title Contact Info
Anandibahen Patel, MLA Branch Vice-President Block Nr. 1
New Sachivalay
GANDHINAGAR 382 010
INDIA
Leader of the House P: (+91-79) 2322-0998
F: (+91-79) 2322-0902
E: assembly@gujarat.gov.in
Shri D. M. Patel Branch Secretary Legislature Secretariat
Vitthalbhai Patel Bhavan
GANDHINAGAR 382 010
INDIA
Secretary of the Legislature Secretariat P: (+91-79) 2322-0998
F: (+91-79) 2322-0902
E: assembly@gujarat.gov.in
Vajubhai R. Vala Branch President Legislature Secretariat
Vitthalbhai Patel Bhavan
GANDHINAGAR 382 010
INDIA
Speaker P: (+91-79) 2322-0998
F: (+91-79) 2322-0902
E:
Shankarsinh Vaghela Branch Vice-President Legislature Secretariat
Vitthalbhai Patel Bhavan
GANDHINAGAR 382 010
INDIA
Leader of Opposition P: (+91-79) 2322-0998
F: (+91-79) 2322-0902
E: