What are powers of CM in relation to Governor?
Q. Which of the following is/are true?
1) CM is the chairman of the state planning commission.
2) CM is the principal channel of communication between the Governor and the council of Ministers.
3) He advises the governor with regard to the appointment of chairman of UPSC.- Published on 06 Mar 17
a. 2, 3
b. 1, 3
c. 1, 2
d. All of the above
ANSWER: 1, 2
Powers in relation to the Governor -
1. He is the principal channel of communication between the Governor and the Council of Ministers (Article 167).
2. As per Article 167, it is the duty of the chief minister -
a) to communicate to the Governor all decisions of the council of ministers relating to the administration of the affairs of the state and proposals for legislation;
b) to furnish such information relating to the administration of the affairs of the state and proposals for legislation as the Governor may call for; and
c) if the Governor so requires, to submit for the consideration of the council of ministers any matter on which a decision has been taken by a minister but which has not been considered by the council.
3. He advises the Governor with regard to the appointment of important officials like advocate general of India, chairman and members of the state public service commission, state election commissioners etc.
Other Powers and functions are -
1. He is the chairman of the State Planning Commission.
2. He acts as a Vice-Chairman of the concerned zonal council by rotation, holding office for a period of one year at a time. Union Home Minister is the chairman.
3. He is a member of the Inter-State Council and the National Development Council, both headed by the Prime Minister.
4. He is the chief spokesman of the state government.
5. He is the crisis manager-in-chief at the political level during emergencies.
6. As a leader of the state, he meets various sections of people in different states and receives memoranda from them regarding their problems and so on.
7. He is political head of the services.
- Thus, he plays a very significant and highly crucial role in the state administration.
- However, the discretionary powers enjoyed by the governor reduces to some extent the power, authority, prestige and role of the Chief Minister in the state administration.