Democratic Politics (NTSE/Olympiad)
2. Working Of Institutions
The Vice-President of the India
Election of the Vice-President :
The Vice-President of the Indian Union is elected jointly by the Houses of the Parliament. The procedure for his election consists of a secret ballot, proportion representation and single transferable vote. An absolute majority of votes polled is also required for the election of the Vice-President. He now gets salary of Rs. 40,000 per month besides various allowances and privileges.
Functions of the Vice-President of India :
(a) Ex-Officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha : Like the Vice-President of the U.S.A., the Vice-President of the Indian Union acts as the ex-official Chairman of the Rajya sabha.
(b) Acting as the President of India : If the office of the President falls vacant due to his resignation, death, Impeachment illness or absence from the country the vice-President of India, like his counter-part in the U.S.A., takes over as the President. But unlike the Vice-President of the U.S.A., our Vice-President holds this office only till a new President is elected.