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Pro-tem Speaker

  • 13 Jun 2019
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  • Virendra Kumar, seven-time MP from Tikamgarh in Madhya Pradesh, has been chosen as the pro-tem speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha.
  • Pro-tem is a Latin phrase which means “for the time being”. The Pro tem Speaker is a temporary speaker appointed for a limited period of time.
  • The need of pro-tem speaker: The speaker of the Lok Sabha/legislative assembly vacates the office immediately before the first meeting of the newly elected house.
    • President/governor appoints the pro-tem speaker to preside over the sittings of the newly elected house. Usually, the senior most member of the house is made the pro-tem speaker.
  • Duties of pro tem speaker:
    • The Pro-tem Speaker presides over the first sitting of the Lok Sabha, administers the oath of office to the newly elected MPs.
    • To conduct the vote for the speaker and deputy speaker.
    • On the election of new Speaker, the office of the pro tem speaker ceases to exist.
    • He also administers the floor test.
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