GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Home Affairs
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 2858.
ANSWERED ON DECEMBER 19, 2012 / AGRAHAYANA 28, 1934 (SAKA)
Nomination of Ex-Servicemen/Veterans to Parliament
2858. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of HOME AFFAIRS be pleased to state:
(a) whether Government is aware that the ex-servicemen community constitutes a large community, which is well respected for their unflinching and unquestionable service to the nation; and
(b) if so, the reasons for Government not considering nominating a representative from the ex-servicemen/veteran community, to Parliament?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS
(SHRI R.P.N. SINGH)
(a): Yes, Sir.
(b): Article 80(3) of the Indian Constitution is the guide in this respect and 12 members of Rajya Sabha are nominated by the President under sub-clause (a) of clause (1), who shall consist of persons having special knowledge or practical experience in respect of such matters as the following namely "Literature, Science, Art and Social Service".