(1) So much of the estimates as relates to expenditure charged upon the Consolidated Fund of India shall not be submitted to the vote of Parliament, but nothing in this clause shall be construed as preventing the discussion in either House of Parliament of any of those estimates.

 

(2) So much of the said estimates as relates to other expenditure shall be submitted in the form of demands for grants to the House of the People, and the House of the People shall have power to assent, or to refuse to assent, to any demand, or to assent to any demand subject to a reduction of the amount specified therein.

 

(3) No demand for a grant shall be made except on the recommendation of the President.

Debate Summary

Article 93, Draft Constitution, 1948

(1) So much of the estimates as relates to expenditure charged upon the revenues of India shall not be submitted to the vote of Parliament, but nothing in this clause shall be construed as preventing the discussion in either House of Parliament of any of these estimates.

(2) So much of the said estimates as relates to other expenditure shall be submitted in the form of demands for grants to the House of the People and the House of the People shall have power to assent, or to refuse to assent to any demand, or to assent to any demand subject to a reduction of the amount specified therein.

(3) No demand for a grant shall be made except on the recommendation of the President.

 

Draft Article 93 (Article 113, Constitution of India, 1950 was debated on 10th June 1949. It regulated the procedure for estimates.

 

The Chairman of the Drafting Committee moved an amendment to rename ‘revenues of India’ to ‘Consolidated Fund of India’.

 

There was a proposal to provide for the Parliament, in clause 1, to determine whether an expenditure could be charged to the revenues of India. The mover of the amendment argued that the Parliament must have ‘supremacy’ over financial matters. He found the 'grouping of the public expenditure' in the Consolidated Fund of India ‘objectionable’ as it was kept outside the purview of the Parliamentary decision making.

 

The Assembly accepted the amendment brought by the Drafting Committee and adopted the Article on 10th June 1949.