Powers of the Union Parliament in the Union List and Concurrent List

Question: Explain the powers of the Union Parliament in respect of matters in the Union List and Concurrent List.

Answer: Powers of the Parliament with Respect to Matters in the Union List and Concurrent List:

Union List: There are 97 subjects in the Union list. The Union List includes subjects of national importance like defense, finance, foreign affairs, etc. Only the Union Parliament can make laws on these subjects.

Concurrent List: The concurrent list includes subjects on which both the Union and State Government can make laws. Along with the State Legislative Assemblies, the Parliament can make laws on the 47 subjects listed in the Concurrent List. If there is a conflict between the law enacted by the Parliament and the law made by the State Legislature with respect to the concurrent list, the Union Law will prevail.


The Union Legislature

The Union Parliament consists of the President and two houses — The House of People commonly known as the Lok Sabha and the Council of States known as the Rajya Sabha. The Parliament is a body of people’s representatives who have the supreme power and authority of governance in a democratic country. Read more

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