Q. Consider the following statements with reference to the National Integration Council :
1. It is neither a constitutional nor a statutory body.
2. It is chaired by the President of India.
3. Meetings of the national integration council are mandatorily convened biennially.
4. The representatives of industry, business and trade unions are also included as the members of council.
How many of the above-given statements are correct?

[A] Only one

[B] Only two

[C] Only three

[D] All four

Answer: B
Notes:

Exp) Option b is the correct answer.

The objectives of the National Integration Council (NIare to achieve unity in diversity, freedom of religions, secularism, equality, justice-social-economic and political, and fraternity among all communities.

Statement 1 is correct: National Integration Council is neither a Constitutional body nor a Statutory body. It is an extra-constitutional body. The National Integration Council (NIwas constituted in 1961 at a national conference on ‘unity in diversity’ convened by the Central government, at New Delhi.

Statement 2 is incorrect: National integration council is chaired by the Prime minister of India (and not by the President of IndiIt is consisted of the prime minister as chairman, central home minister, chief ministers of states, seven leaders of political parties, the chairman of the UGC, two educationists, the commissioner for SCs and STs and seven other persons nominated by the prime minister.

Statement 3 is incorrect: Meetings of the national integration council are convened as per requirement from time to time. There is no regular or specified time interval for convening meetings of the national integration council.

Statement 4 is correct: In 1968, the Central government revived the National Integration Council. Its size was increased from 39 to 55 members. The representatives of industry, business and trade unions are also included as a members of national integration council.

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