Government of West Bengal

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 state of West Bengal in India.[2] It consists of an executive, a judiciary and a legislative.

Government of West Bengal
Emblem of West Bengal.svg
Seat of GovernmentKolkata
Executive
GovernorJagdeep Dhankhar[1]
Chief MinisterMamata Banerjee
Deputy Chief MinisterVacant since November 2000
Legislature
Assembly
SpeakerBiman Banerjee
Deputy SpeakerVacant since 29 October 2020
Members in Assembly295
Judiciary
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, the capital of West Bengal, houses the West Bengal Legislative Assembly. The temporary secretariat is located in the Nabanna building in the district of Howrah, adjacent to the state capital. 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 294 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.

The current chief minister is Mamata Banerjee, who took office on 20 May 2011.She is the founder and leader of the All India Trinamool Congress party, which won 184 seats (out of 294) in the 2011 West Bengal Legislative Assembly election and subsequently 211 seats (out of 294) in the 2016 West Bengal Legislative Assembly election.

HistoryEdit

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]

OrganizationEdit

  • The West Bengal government is divided into different ministries.

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 Banerjee 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
Ministry of Personnel & Administrative Reforms
Ministry of Minority Affairs & Madrassah Education
Ministry of Transport, Minister of Irrigation and Waterways
2 Amit Mitra Khardaha Ministry of Finance,
Ministry of Commerce & Industries,
Ministry of Excise, Commerce & Industries,
Industrial Reconstruction, Public Enterprise,
Micro and Small Scale Enterprises,
Information Technology and Electronics & e-Governance
3 Partha Chatterjee Behala Paschim Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs,
Minister for Education
4 Subrata Mukherjee Ballygunge Minister of Panchayat & Rural Development,
Public Health Engineering
5 Sovandeb Chattopadhyay Rashbehari Minister of Power & Non-Conventional Energy Sources
6 Goutam Deb Dabgram-Phulbari Ministry of Tourism
7 Abani Mohan Joardar Krishnanagar Uttar Minister of Correctional Administration,
Minister of Refugee Relief & Rehabilitation
8 Bratya Basu Dum Dum Science and Technology and Bio-Technology
9 Sujit Bose Bidhan nagar Minister of Fire & Engineering, Housing, Environment
10 Abdur Razzak Molla Bhangar Minister of Food Procurement and Horticulture
11 Jyotipriyo Mollick Habra Minister of Food & Supplies
12 Firhad Hakim Kolkata Port Minister of Urban Development and Municipal Affairs
13 Aroop Biswas Tollygung Minister of PWD,
Minister of Youth Affairs, Sports
14 Javed Khan Kasba Minister of Disaster Management
15 Moloy Ghatak Asansol North Ministry of Labour,
Minister of Law & Judicial Services
16 Asish Banerjee Rampurhat Ministry of Agriculture
17 Arup Roy Howrah Central Minister of Co-operation
18 Rajib Banerjee Domjur Minister of Forest Affairs
19 Chandranath Sinha Bolpur Ministry of Fisheries
20 Tapan Dasgupta Saptagram Minister of Agriculture Marketing
21 Somen Mahapatra Pingla Ministry of Water Resources
22 James Kujur Kumargram Minister of Tribal Development
23 Binay Krishna Barman Mathabhanga Minister of Tribal Affairs
24 Rabindra Nath Ghosh Natabari Minister of North Bengal Development
25 Sadhan Pande Maniktala Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
Minister of Self Help Groups
26 Santiram Mahato Balarampur Minister of Paschimanchal Unnayan
27 Churamani Mahato Kumargram Minister of Backward Classes Welfare
28 Asish Banerjee Rampurhat

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 Panchayat and Rural Development.
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

ReferencesEdit

CitationsEdit

  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". cpahq.org. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  4. ^ "List of Ministers in Mamata's cabinet".

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