Members of Parliament: Roles and Responsibilities



Report Overview:

  • A Member of Parliament (MP) holds a very important position in a parliamentary democracy like India. With 543 MPs in the Lok Sabha (Lower House) representing more than 1.2 billion people, a Lok Sabha MP on an average represents more than 2.2 million people. A Rajya Sabha (Upper House) MP is the voice of his State in Parliament, and as such, has a very important role in our federal political system.
  • This paper briefly describes the legislative, deliberative and developmental roles and responsibilities of an Indian MP. It also highlights provisions to make MPs accountable to the people, wherever such provisions exist.