Uttarakhand Council of Ministers

The Uttarakhand Council of Ministers is the executive wing of Government of Uttarakhand and headed by Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, who is the head of government and leader of the state cabinet. The term of every executive wing is for 5 years. The council of ministers are assisted by department secretaries attached to each ministry who are from IAS Uttarakhand Cadre. The chief executive officer responsible for issuing orders on behalf of government is Chief Secretary to the state government. The current Chief Secretary is Om Prakash who took charge from outgoing Utpal Kumar Singh.[1]

Constitutional requirementEdit

For the Council of Ministers to aid and advise GovernorEdit

According to Article 163 of the Indian Constitution,

There shall be a Council of Ministers with the Chief Minister at the head to aid and advise the Governor in the exercise of his function, except in so far as he is by or under this Constitution required to exercise his functions or any of them in his discretion.

  1. If any question arises whether any matter is or is not a matter as respects which the Governor is by or under this Constitution required to act in his discretion, the decision of the Governor in his discretion shall be final, and the validity of anything done by the Governor shall not be called in question on the ground that he ought or ought not to have acted in his discretion.
  2. The question whether any, and if so what, advice was tendered by Ministers to the Governor shall not be inquired into in any court.

This means that the Ministers serve under the pleasure of the Governor and he/she may remove them, on the advice of the Chief Minister, whenever they want.

For other provisions as to MinistersEdit

According to Article 164 of the Indian Constitution,

The Chief Minister shall be appointed by the Governor and the other Ministers shall be appointed by the Governor on the advice of the Chief Minister, and the Minister shall hold office during the pleasure of the Governor:
Provided that in the States of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa, there shall be a Minister in charge of tribal welfare who may in addition be in charge of the welfare of the Scheduled Castes and backward classes or any other work.

  1. The Council of Minister shall be collectively responsible to the Legislative Assembly of the State.
  2. Before a Minister enters upon his office, the Governor shall administer to him the oaths of office and of secrecy according to the forms set out for the purpose in the Third Schedule.
  3. A Minister who for any period of six consecutive months is not a member of the Legislature of the State shall at the expiration of that period cease to be a Minister.
  4. The salaries and allowances of Ministers shall be such as the Legislature of the State may from time to time by law determine and, until the Legislature of the State so determines, shall be a specified in the Second Schedule.

Chief MinisterEdit

Like any Indian state, Chief Ministers of Uttarakhand is the real head of the government and responsible for state administration. He is the leader of the parliamentary party in the legislature and heads the state cabinet. The current Chief Minister is Tirath Singh Rawat.

State CabinetEdit

As per Indian Constitution, all portfolios of state government is vested in Chief Minister, who distribute various portfolio to individual ministers whom he nominates to the State Governor. The state governor appoints individual ministers for various portfolios and departments as per advice of Chief Minister and together form the State Cabinet. As the original portfolios are vested with CM, who delegates to others upon his/her wish, actions of individual ministers are part of collective responsibility of the state cabinet and Chief Minister is responsible for actions of each minister. The state cabinet along with Chief Minister, prepares General policy and individual department policy, which will be guiding policy for day-to-day administration of each minister.

Current CabinetEdit

This is the current Cabinet of Uttarakhand headed by the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Tirath Singh Rawat:[2][3][4]

Colour key for parties
Name Constituency Departments Party
Chief Minister
1 Tirath Singh Rawat TBD
  • Confidential (Council of Ministers)
  • Home
  • Finance
  • Personnel and Intelligence
  • Rural Development
  • Technical Education
  • Information
  • Rural Works
  • Rural Roads and Drainage
  • Civil Aviation
  • Energy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Medical Health and Medical Education [1]
  • Planning
  • Personnel and All India Services Establishment
  • Vigilance, Good Governance, Corruption Eradication and Public Services
  • Technical Education
  • Family Welfare
  • Disaster Management
  • Revenue [2]
  • Veterans Welfare
  • Paramilitary Welfare
  • Planning [3]
  • External Aided Programmes
  • Prisons
  • Civil Defence and Homeguards
  • Consolidation in Hills Villages
  • Industrial Development (Mining)
  • Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises
  • Khadi and Village Industries
  • Food and Civil Supplies [4]
  • Food Processing
  • Information Technology
  • Science and Technology
  • Bio Technology
  • Secretariat Administration
  • General Administration
  • Justice
  • State Estate
  • Excise
BJP
Cabinet Ministers
2 Satpal Maharaj Chaubattakhal
  • Irrigation [5]
  • Flood Control
  • Minor Irrigation
  • Rain Water Harvesting
  • Water Management
  • India–Nepal–Uttarakhand River Projects
  • Tourism [6]
  • Pilgrimage and Religious Fairs
  • Culture
BJP
3 Banshidhar Bhagat Kaladhungi
  • Parliamantary Affairs
  • Legislative Affairs
  • Languages
  • Commercial Tax [7]
  • Stamp and Registration [8]
  • Entertainment Tax [9]
  • Drinking Water and Sanitation
  • Sugarcane Development and Sugar Industries [10]
BJP
4 Harak Singh Rawat Kotdwar
  • Health & Family Welfare [11]
  • Environmental and Solid Waste Management
  • Labour [12]
  • Employment [13]
  • Industrial Training
  • Ayush
  • Ayush Education
BJP
5 Bishan Singh Chuphal Didihat
  • Urban Development [14]
  • Housing
  • Rajiv Gandhi Urban Housing Scheme
  • Census
  • Resources
  • Elections [15]
BJP
6 Yashpal Arya Bajpur
  • Transportation [16]
  • Social Welfare [17]
  • Minority Welfare
  • Students Welfare
  • Rural Water Reservoirs Development
  • Remote Areas Development
  • Sub-Divisional Development and Management
  • Backward Areas Development
BJP
7 Arvind Pandey Gadarpur
  • School Education [18]
  • Adult Education
  • Sanskrit Education
  • Sports [19]
  • Youth Welfare
  • Panchayati Raj
BJP
8 Subodh Uniyal Narendranagar
  • Agriculture [20]
  • Agricultural Marketing
  • Agricultural Processing
  • Agricultural Education
  • Plantation and Horticulture
  • Silk Development
BJP
9 Ganesh Joshi Mussoorie TBD BJP
Ministers of State
(Independent Charge)
10 Dhan Singh Rawat Srinagar
  • Co-operatives
  • Higher Education [21]
  • Dairy Development [22]
  • Protocol
BJP
11 Rekha Arya Someshwar
  • Womens Welfare and Child Development [23]
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Sheep and Goat Husbandry
  • Fodder and Meadows Development
  • Fisheries [24]
BJP
12 Yatishwaranand Haridwar Rural TBD BJP

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Utpal Kumar Singh takes charge as Uttarakhand chief secretary". Business Standard India. Press Trust of India. 25 October 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  2. ^ Cabinet of Uttarakhand. Retrieved on 16 May 2016.
  3. ^ http://www.dailyexcelsior.com/trivendra-singh-rawat-sworn-in-as-uttarakhand-cm/
  4. ^ http://www.uttara.gov.in/upload/announcements/Announcement-256.pdf (PDF)