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The Government of West Bengal also known as the State Government of West Bengal, or locally as State Government, is the supreme governing authority of the Indian state of West Bengal and its 23 districts.[2] It consists of an executive, led by the Governor of West Bengal, a judiciary and a legislative.

Government of West Bengal
Emblem of West Bengal.png
Seat of governmentKolkata
GovernorJagdeep Dhankhar[1]
Chief ministerMamata Bannerjee
SpeakerBiman Banerjee
Members in Assembly295
High CourtCalcutta High Court
Chief JusticeThottathil B. Radhakrishnan

Like other states in India, the head of state of West Bengal is the Governor, appointed by the President of India on the advice of the Central government. His or her post is largely ceremonial. The Chief Minister is the head of government and is vested with most of the executive powers. Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal, and houses the Vidhan Sabha (Legislative Assembly). The secretariat is located in Howrah, in the Nabanna building. The Calcutta High Court is located in Kolkata, which has jurisdiction over the whole of West Bengal and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The present Legislative Assembly of West Bengal is unicameral, consisting of 295 Member of the Legislative Assembly (M.L.A)[3] including one nominated from the Anglo-Indian community. Its term is 5 years, unless sooner dissolved.


On 18 January 1862, under the Indian Councils Act of 1861, a 12-member Legislative Council for Bengal was founded by the Governor-General of India with the Lt Governor of Bengal and some nominated members.. The strength of this council was gradually increased by subsequent acts. Under the Indian Councils Act of 1892, the maximum strength of the council was increased to 20 members out of which seven members were to be elected. After the Indian Councils Act of 1909 the number raised to 50 members.[3]

Council of MinistersEdit

  • The West Bengal government headed by Mamata Banerjee has 41 ministers, including 17 new faces. Among them, 5 are Ministers of State holding independent charge, and 8 are junior ministers. [4]

Cabinet MinistersEdit

Sl No. Name Constituency Ministry in Charge
1 Mamata Bannerjee Bhabanipur Chief Minister of West Bengal
Also in-charge of:
Ministry of Home Affairs
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Ministry of Land & Land Reforms
Ministry of Information & Cultural Affairs
Hill Affairs, Micro and Small Scale Enterprises
Ministry of Personnel & Administrative Reforms
Ministry of Minority Affairs & Madrassah Education
2 Amit Mitra Khardaha Ministry of Finance
Minister of Excise, Commerce & Industries,
Industrial Reconstruction, Public Enterprise
3 Partha Chatterjee Behala Paschim Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
Minister for Education,
Minister of Science & Technology and Biotechnology
4 Subrata Mukherjee Ballygunge Minister of Panchayat & Rural Development,
Public Health Engineering
5 Sovandeb Chattopadhyay Rashbehari Minister of Power & Non-Conventional Energy Sources
6 Suvendu Adhikari Nandigram Ministry of Transport, Minister of Irrigation and Waterways
7 Goutam Deb Dabgram-Phulbari Ministry of Tourism
8 Abani Mohan Joardar Krishnanagar Uttar Minister of Correctional Administration,
Minister of Refugee Relief & Rehabilitation
9 Bratya Basu Dum Dum Minister of Information Technology & Electronics
10 Sujit Bose Bidhan nagar Minister of Fire & Engineering, Housing, Environment
11 Abdur Razzak Molla Bhangar Minister of Food Procurement and Horticulture
12 Jyotipriyo Mollick Habra Minister of Food & Supplies
13 Firhad Hakim Kolkata Port Minister of Urban Development and Municipal Affairs
14 Aroop Biswas Tollygung Minister of PWD,
Minister of Youth Affairs, Sports
15 Javed Khan Kasba Minister of Disaster Management
16 Moloy Ghatak Asansol North Ministry of Labour,
Minister of Law & Judicial Services
17 Dr. Asish Banerjee Rampurhat Ministry of Agriculture
18 Arup Roy Howrah Central Minister of Co-operation
19 Rajib Banerjee Domjur
20 Chandranath Sinha Bolpur Ministry of Fisheries
21 Tapan Dasgupta Saptagram Minister of Agriculture Marketing
22 Somen Mahapatra Pingla Ministry of Water Resources
23 James Kujur Kumargram Minister of Tribal Development
24 Binay Krishna Barman (MLA, Mathabhanga Minister of Forest
25 Rabindra Nath Ghosh Natabari Minister of North Bengal Development
26 Sadhan Pande Maniktala Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
Minister of Self Help Groups
27 Santiram Mahato Balarampur Minister of Paschimanchal Unnayan
28 Churamani Mahato Kumargram Minister of Backward Classes Welfare
29 Asish Banerjee Rampurhat Minister of Biotechnology,
Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation

Minister of State (Independent Charge)Edit

Sl No. Name Constituency Ministry in Charge
1 Shashi Panja [a] Shyampukur) Minister of Women Development & Social Welfare, Child Development,
MoS–Health and Family Welfare
2 Siddiqullah Chowdhury [b] Mangalkote Minister of Mass Education, Library,
MoS-Parliamentary Affairs
3 Ashima Patra Dhanikhali Minister of Technical Education
4 Manturam Pakhira Kakdwip Minister of Sunderbans Development
5 Swapan Debnath Purbasthali South Minister of MSME,
Minister of Land & Land Reforms
  1. ^ also in the charge of Minister of State
  2. ^ also in the charge of Minister of State

Minister of StateEdit

Sl No. Name Constituency Ministry in Charge
1 Bachhu Hansda Tapan Minister of State for North Bengal Development
2 Ghulam Rabbani Goalpokhar Minister of State for Tourism
3 Zakir Hossain Jangipur Minister of State for Labour
4 Laxmi Ratan Shukla Howrah North Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
5 Indranil Sen Chandannagar Ministry of Information & Cultural Affairs
6 Shyamal Santra Kotulpur Minister of State for Panchayat & Rural Development,
Ministry of PHE
7 Sandharani Tudu Manbazar Minister of Backward Classes Welfare
8 Giasuddin Mollah Magrahat Paschim Minister of Minority Affairs and Madrasah Education



  1. ^ "West Bengal Assembly". West Bengal Government. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  2. ^ "West Bengal (state)". Indian Government. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b "The Parliament of West Bengal, India". Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  4. ^ "List of Ministers in Mamata's cabinet".


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