Particulars of Organization, Functions & Duties
[Section-4(1) (b) (i)]
Aims and objectives of the Organization
To deal with legislative matters and the matters relating to the Cabinet and Council of Ministers. Monitoring of the Cabinet decisions as well as business in the Assembly.
Mission / Vision
To provide necessary support to the Council of Ministers, Cabinet and Legislative business of the Government.
Brief history and background for its establishment
Setting up of an independent department for handling Parliamentary Affairs was a long felt need. The successive All India Conferences of the Whips have been recommending from time to time for setting up of an independent Department of Parliamentary Affairs in each State in the pattern of the Department of Parliamentary Affairs at the Centre.
Previously, Legislative matters and mattes relating to the Cabinet were being dealt with in one of the Branches of the General Administration Department. It was under the charge of one Joint Secretary assisted by one Under Secretary and they held this charge in addition to the other duties in the Department. Apparently it had not been possible on their part to devote full time and attention to the legislative matters and Cabinet matters. The result was that decisions of the Cabinet as well as business in the Assembly could not be properly monitored and due co-ordination could not be possible with other Departments of Government.
It was necessary to improve the working of the Department in monitoring Cabinet and legislative matters. In that view of the matter creation of an independent Department of Parliamentary Affairs was engaging the attention of Government and after careful consideration it was decided by Government to create an Independent Department of Parliamentary Affairs vide G.A. Department Resolution No.5351 (E)Gen dated 13.3.1990. Accordingly the Department came into existence.