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Vice-President of India

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Vice President Some Important facts:-

  • According to Article 63, there shall be a Vice-President of India.
  • The Vice-President of India is the second constitutional office in the country.
  • The Vice-president can serve for five year term.
  • The current Vice-president of India is Mupppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu, elected in 2017 and is the 13th Vice-President of  India.
  • The first Vice-president of India was Dr. Sarvepalli Radha Krishnan (1888-1975). He served for 10 years (1952 to 1962).
  • There are only two Vice-President of India was Served twice- Dr. S. Radha Krishnan and Hamid Ansari.
  • There are no provisions for the salary of the Vice President. He received a salary as the ex-officio Chairman of the Rajyasabha, which is Rs. 1, 25000 per Month.

Eligibility Criteria for the Vice- President

  • He/she must be a citizen of India.
  • He/she must have completed the age of 35 years.
  • He/she should not hold any “office of profit”.
  • He/she must be qualified to became a member of Rajyasabha.

Election & Oath

  • The Vice-President is elected by an Electoral College consisting of members of both houses of Parliament.
  • The Election Commission of India Conducts the Election Commission of India conducts the election for the office of the Vice-President.
  • The election of the Next Vice-president is to be held within 60 days.
  • According to the Article 69, the president administers the oath to the Vice-President.

Functions and Powers

  • The Vice President is ex-officio Chairman of Rajya Sabha. And performs functions same as of speaker of Lok Sabha.
  • He acts as president in case of vacancy in the office of president and enjoys all such powers and immunities as enjoyed by President.
  • He can act as president for a period of 6 months.
  • For the first time in 1960, the Vice-President Dr. S. Radhakrishnan acted as president owing to the Inability) of the president Dr. Rajendra Prasad. To discharge his duties.
  • Ex-officio : Holding a position or membership due to the power or influence of one’s office, and not by election or appointment.

Removal of  Vice-president

  • There is no need of impeachment for Vice-president.
  • He can be removed by a resolution by the members of the Rajyasabha. (Article-67)
  • To move such resolution 14 days notice to be given.
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