What do you mean by the 'ex officio chairman of the Rajya Sabha'? What are its functions and powers?

Dear Student,

Ex officio means someone holds a particular position in his official capacity instead of his personal capacity. The ex officio chairman of the Rajya Sabha is the Vice President. The position is held by the Vice President because of his official position. If the Vice President changes, then the chairman of the Rajya Sabha automatically changes.

The functions and powers of the chairman are

1. Presiding over sessions of the Rajya Sabha.
2. Deciding who speaks in the Rajya Sabha.
3. Disciplining and censuring members of the Rajya Sabha for indiscipline.



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