DUTIES OF THE MINISTERS

The following are general guidelines. The actual application will change according to circumstances. Some of the guidelines are meant for neighbourhood parliaments and others may be also applicable to higher levels of parliaments. It is not necessary to follow everything given in these guidelines. The ultimate task of assigning duties lies with the parliament which appoints the ministers. When we define something as the responsibility of a particular minister, we do not mean that he/she has to shoulder everything single-handedly. He is rather to initiate processes to get everybody collectively respond to challenges.

 

Prime Minister


  • Prime Minister is the president of the parliament. He/she is responsible for leading the parliament and ensuring its proper functioning.
  • All the activities of the parliament are to be ultimately under the leadership of the Prime Minister.
  • The Prime Minister signs all the resolutions, petitions, letters and documents.
  • The Prime Minister ensures maximum attendance at the parliaments. He/She encourages the frequent absentees to attend the parliament, without fail.
  • The Prime Minister heads delegations on visit to authorities and leaders.
  • The Prime Minister takes responsibility to ensure successful functioning of the parliament.
  • He/She proposes the name of the speaker for each session.

 

Deputy Prime Minister


  • Deputy Prime Minister assists the Prime Minister in fulfilling his/her duties as Prime Minister.
  • In the absence of the Prime Minister, the deputy prime minister assumes all the duties of the Prime Minister.

 

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs


  • He/She is the secretary of the parliament. Hence he/she assumes all the responsibilities and duties of the secretary.
  • Minister for Parliamentary Affairs convenes meetings of the parliament.
  • He/She prepares the minutes and presents it during the following meeting.
  • He/She handles the correspondence on behalf of the parliament.
  • He maintains the files, reports, copies of the resolutions, etc.

 

Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Affairs


  • Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Affairs assists the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs.
  • When the Minister is absent, he or she assumes all the duties of the Minister.
  • Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Affairs is responsible for taking attendance at meetings.

 

Finance Minister


  • Finance Minister takes responsibility for the financial dealings of the parliament.
  • Finance Minister initiates discussion on the rate of subscription to be collected from members, gets the members make decision on it (One Rupee per person?) and encourages the members pay accordingly.
  • In the event of receiving donations, Finance Minister accounts for it in the cash book.
  • Finance Minister discusses with other ministers about various expenditures related to various departments, gets the required resolutions passed and allots accordingly.
  • When there happens a special programme, Finance Minister initiates discussion on the budget required, gets the relevant resolutions passed and leads the fund raising process.
  • Finance Minister is responsible for keeping the cash reserve and remitting it for uses prescribed by the parliament.
  • Finance Minister keeps an accurate account of money dealings.
  • When the parliament decides to open an account the Finance Minister is entrusted with the responsibility.
  • Signatories other than Finance Minister and Prime Minister of the joint account will be decided by the parliament.
  • In most cases the Finance Minister will sign cheques along with the Prime Minister.
  • Finance Minister is responsible for presenting the accounts during the meetings of the parliament and to get them passed.
  • Finance Minister should keep the parliament informed on the budgetary provisions of the central and state governments.
  • Finance Minister will maintain things belonging to his office such as
    • Income and expenditure account
    • Receipt Books
    • Voucher folder
    • Ledger
    • Daily Cash Book
    • Subscription account book.
    • Bank passbooks
    • Bank cheque book
    • Stationery
  • Finance Minister has the responsibility to get the accounts of the parliament audited every year.

 

Education Minister


  • The Education Minister has the duty to make sure that all the children within the area under his care attend school regularly and study well.
  • He or she will prepare statistics in which the following categories will be part: (1) children attending school (2) children who do not attend school (3) children employed as child labourers.
  • He or she must keep a data of drop outs. It is his duty to persuade such children to re-admit themselves in the school.
  • He or she will check up if sufficient number of teachers are employed in the schools, if quality education is imparted, if the school has adequate facilities provided for students, and if enough measures are taken towards the safety of the children. He or she must take steps to rectify the insufficiency.
  • He or she will encourage the children to attend school regularly and study well.
  • He or she will encourage parents to admit their children in anganwadis.
  • He or she will organize programmes to bring home the importance of education.
  • He or she will try, with the help of the teachers and parents, to create an atmosphere conducive to study in the school as well in the homes.
  • He or she will help children to prepare a timetable for them and to follow it faithfully.
  • He or she will encourage the children to visit common libraries and read books in order to enhance their knowledge.
  • He or she will check up if the teachers are attending school regularly.
  • In case some children do not follow class and are hesitant to seek help from the teachers, the Education Minister may encourage them to do so.
  • He or she will pay special attention to students who are weak in studies and arrange for special tuitions or evening study programmes for them.
  • He or she will present regular report in the parliament about the status of local school education.
  • He or she will check out the mid-day meal programme and see if the preparation and distribution of food is carried out in hygienic conditions.
  • He or she will approach local authorities and get help for improvement in the education system.
  • He or she may take active role in propagating the need for a library for children

 

Minister for Sports and Games


  • He or she may make efforts to create a children’s park with the help of the Panchayat administration.
  • He or she will gather, from sources like journals and books, various educative and skill developing games and introduce them to the children.
  • He or she will try and get a playground allotted to the children and supervise its maintenance.
  • He or she will intervene in obtaining games articles.
  • He or she will take steps to get the children trained in concentration, self-defence, swimming, cycling, physical exercises and various games.
  • He or she will make efforts to create a science park for infotainment.
  • He or she will ensure that all the children will take part in one or another game or sports.
  • He or she will see to it that the children undergo a physical check up to make sure that they remain fit to engage in sports and games.
  • He or she will encourage rural sports so that they are preserved.
  • He or she will encourage the children to engage themselves in games and sports in the spirit of true sportsmanship.
  • He or she will help in discovering children of extraordinary capabilities to encourage participation in district and state level sport and games competition.
  • He or she will be concerned about the participation of the differently-abled children in sports and games.

 

Law Minister


  • He or she will raise voice against Human Rights Violation as well as violation of children’s rights and will take measures to rectify such violations through the intervention of the child parliament.
  • He or she will try and conscientize the people on the following laws and charters
    • Charter of children’s rights
    • Children’s Safety and Protection 2000
    • Prevention of Child Labour
    • Eradication of Bonded Labour
    • Human Rights Proclamation
    • RTI (Right to Information Law)
    • Prevention of Domestic Violence
    • Various Acts and Laws for the protection of the rights of the Backward Classes and ST and SC.
    • Panchayat Raj Law
  • He or she has to maintain a file on various laws related to the above mentioned.
  • He or she will take steps to conscientize the people with regard to the role of the Police and the extent of its power and authority, jurisdiction etc.
  • He or she will ensure that the children learn how to use the Police Assistance number i.e. 100, child helpline 1098 and the like.
  • He or she will take steps to explain the salient points of the constitution of India.
  • He or she try and train all the members of the parliament how to write out petitions, applications etc.
  • He or she will make sure that representatives of children’s parliament take part in the grama sabha meetings.
  • He or she will encourage the members of the parliament to formulate laws and regulations for themselves in accordance with the guidelines of the children’s parliament.

 

Minister for Communication & Information


  • He or she will take charge of the Bulletin Board of the Parliament. He or she will be responsible for displaying news clippings from journals for the benefit of the public.
  • He or she will keep the parliament informed of world news, national news and state news besides news regarding other villages and also initiate discussion on day to day happenings.
  • He or she will maintain a file containing useful news items.
  • He or she will prepare for a permanent exhibition of photos, news clippings, rare articles, children’s creations appearing in the press, awareness building posters etc. He or she will take care to update the items periodically.
  • He or she will encourage the members of parliament to read newspapers, journals and books in order to enhance their knowledge
  • He or she will discuss in the parliament the contents of the articles, news items and television programmes which could harm the development of children and endanger their rights. He or she will take steps to avoid re-occurrence.
  • He or she will conscientize the members on the modern means of communication like computer, and their usefulness and benefits.
  • He or she will see to it that the Parliament publish a handwritten journal in order to develop children’s writing talents
  • He or she will encourage the children to write articles, poems and stories, paint pictures and arrange to have them published in newspapers, Children’s journals and reviews.
  • He or she will bring to the notice of the press and other media those events of violation of children’s rights and take necessary steps to call for collective voice-raising against such deeds.
  • He or she will facilitate discussions on the violation of children’s rights in his or her village and take steps to make plans to rectify them.
  • He or she will send without delay the news about the children’s parliament’s activities to newspapers and to other media.

 

Health Minister


  • He or she will make a statistics regarding the basic health needs of the neighbourhood or village.
  • He or she will bring to the notice of the parliament regarding the health hazards like rotting garbage, blocked drainage etc. in his or her village.
  • He or she will initiate discussion in the parliament and take charge of efforts to set the things right.
  • He or she will conscientize both children and adults on personal cleanliness and environment cleanliness and encourage them to maintain cleanliness.
  • He or she will conscientize people on matters regarding epidemics through cultural programmes, handbills and help people to protect themselves from contagion.
  • He or she will make families aware of the Government scheme for toilet for every home and help them take advantage of the scheme to have a toilet built in their homes. Besides, he or she will also take steps to encourage the use of home toilets.
  • He or she will see to it that all the children in his or her parliament area have a healthy life style.
  • He or she will study the condition of primary health centres and hospitals and take steps to make them adequately functional with required equipments and articles of health care.
  • He or she will examine whether there are sufficient medicines available in the health care facilities and he or she will find out if there are medical personnel in their village medical centre.
  • He or she will take all steps to keep the village clean.
  • He or she will encourage the children to keep the school playground, toilets and classrooms clean.
  • He or she will encourage children attend school dressed in clean uniform and to wear footwear.
  • He or she will see to it that water does not stagnate in public places.

 

Minister for Environment


  • He or she will take steps to protect trees and plants in the village and take care of them.
  • He or she will take steps to create herbal gardens and encourage people to use herbs.
  • He or she will encourage people to reuse the waste water from kitchens for home vegetable gardens.
  • He or she will conscientize people on the harmfulness of the use of plastic and polythene and take steps to prevent the use of these hazardous materials.
  • He or she will conscientize the people not to pollute the life sources like earth, air and water. He also conscientize the people about the depletion of ozone layer and the impending disaster that might befall.
  • He or she will get sufficient information regarding government schemes for protection of environment and he or she will hand over the information to the people. He or she will also try to implement the government schemes in the village.
  • He or she will make the people aware of the two types of wastes i.e. biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste. He or she will see that the people are educated on the necessity for separating these before disposal.
  • He or she will conscientize the people regarding birds and animals on which human life depends and take steps that the people protect them.
  • He or she will make the people aware of the need to protect all life forms.
  • He or she will make the parliament aware of the factors that pollute the environment and our role in doing so.
  • He or she will suggest ways and means to keep the environment clean.

 

Minister for Public Works


  • He or she will check up whether the village has facilities such as transport electricity, drinking water etc. and will find out remedies to rectify shortcomings and defects through the help of the parliament.
  • He or she will see to it that street lights are installed and functional in the village.
  • He will check up if the goods supplied through the public distribution system in the village i.e. Ration Shops are in good condition and the goods conform to the norms of quality and quantity.
  • He or she will check up whether the public transport buses stop at the assigned stops to pick up passengers.
  • He or she will take steps to procure clean drinking water.
  • He or she will check up whether roads are maintained and speed breakers are put in place in the villages.
  • He or she will check up whether the governmental and non governmental facilities like post office, bank and police station are available in the village.
  • He or she will, above all matters, speak in the Children’s Parliament and take steps to rectify shortcomings.

 

Defence Minister


  • He or she will assume the responsibility to protect the rights of children.
  • He or she will conscientize the children regarding child helpline 1098.
  • He or she will conscientize the children regarding the police helpline 100.
  • He or she will make the public aware of the rights of children.
  • He or she will conscientize the public about child trafficking. He or she will maintain a database of children in peril of being trafficked. The data will contain details regarding children who were already victims of trafficking.
  • He or she will take step to conscientize people in order to prevent foeticide.
  • He or she will arrange for awareness programme for children to protect themselves from being sexually exploited.
  • He or she will take steps to have the children instructed in self-defence methods
  • He or she will take steps to prevent child marriages.
  • He or she will make people aware of traffic rules.
  • He or she will demand to organize child protection committee.
  • He or she will make sure that the Village Watchdog Committee functions effectively.
  • He or she will take steps to prevent violation of children’s rights and any other type of violence against children.

 

Minister for Human Resources Development & Arts


  • He or she will ensure that all children receive standard education.
  • He or she will take steps to create libraries and encourage children to use them in order to develop general knowledge.
  • He or she will introduce yoga and methods of meditation for children.
  • He or she will encourage the children to take part in the gramasabha meetings.
  • He or she will organize cultural programmes on special days and ensure that all the children get to take part in them.
  • He or she will organize the following training programmes:
    • Leadership training
    • Life skill education
    • Personality development
    • Training for cultural activities
    • Disaster management training

     

Minister for Women’s Welfare


  • She will conscientize the people regarding the rights of women.
  • She will bring to the notice of the public the present situation in society where women are denied of their right to be equal.
  • She will insist on inclusive and respectful language in communications such as speaking to and writing.
  • She will ensure that the members of the parliament always use inclusive and respectful language

 

Contact Information

8A/ 1A , Arul Nagar,

Paalpannai Road,

Nagercoil-629001,

Kanyakumari District,

Tamilnadu, India.

Phone: +91 4652 278223
Mob: +91 94426 48224
E-mail: ncnworld2000@yahoo.com
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