The Vice-President of India
The Vice-President of India is the second-highest ranking government official in the executive branch of the Government of India after the President. The Vice-President also has the legislative function of acting as the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.
The current Vice-President of India is Hamid Ansari, who was elected on 10 August 2007. .
Article 63 of the Constitution of India provides for a Vice-President: "There shall be a Vice-President of India". While the Indian Vice-President could be elected for any number of terms, the Constitution requires that the Vice-President must be a citizen of India . The qualifications for Vice-President are the same as those for President. .
The Vice-President acts as President in the event of the death, resignation, or removal of the President, until a new President is chosen by the electoral college. The Vice-President may also act temporarily as President during the absence or illness of the President. .
The Vice-President is elected for a term of five years whenever the office becomes vacant, by an electoral college consisting of all the Members of both Houses of Parliament. Holds office for 5 yrs. Can be re-elected. .
Term can be cut short if he resigns or by a resolution of the Rajya Sabha passed by a majority of all the then members of the Rajya Sabha and agreed to by the Lok Sabha. .
The Vice President is the second highest dignitary of India, next to the President of India.
No formal functions are attached to the office of Vice President. .
He is the ex-officio chairman of Rajya Sabha. Since he is not a member of Rajya Sabha, he has no right to vote. .
Being the Vice President of India, he is not entitled for any salary, but he is entitled to the salary and allowances payable to the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. .
All bills, resolution, motion can be taken in Rajya Sabha after his consent. .
Can discharge the function of President if the post falls vacant. (For maximum 6 months). .
The Vice President takes over the office of the President normally under these conditions: .
Death of the President; Resignation of the President; Removal of the President; When President owing to absence, illness or any other cause, is unable to perform the functions of his office. When he discharges the functions of the President, the Vice President shall not perform the duties of the office of the Chairman of Rajya Sabha and shall not be entitled to receive the salary of the Chairman. .
During this period, he is entitled for the salary and privileges of the President of India.
Present salary is Rs.1,25,000 per month. .
The pension is 50% of the salary.Vice President of India.
Elected by both the houses (Electoral College) in accordance with the system of proportional representation by means of single transferable vote and the vote being secret. Nominated members also participate in his election. .
The Supreme Court has the final and exclusive jurisdiction for resolving disputes and doubts relating to the election of the Vice-President. .
Vice President Qualifications.
Citizen of India. More than 35 yrs of age. Possess the qualification for membership of Rajya Sabha. Not hold any office of profit under union, state or local authority. However, for this purpose, the President, Vice-President, Governor of a State and a Minister of the Union or a State, are not held to be holding an office of profit. The constitution also provides a mechanism for the removal of the Vice-President (Article 67(b)) by a vote of the majority of the votes of all the members of both Houses of Parliament. .
Emoluments: The Constitution has not fixed any emoluments for the vice president in that capacity.He draws his regular salary in his capacity as the EX-OFFICIO Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.