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Functions of the Prime Minister

Posted on : 11 Jan 2020

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  • The Prime Minister enjoys the following powers as head of the Union Council of Ministers:
  • He recommends persons who can be appointed as ministers by the President. The President can appoint only those persons as ministers who are recommended by the Prime Minister.
  • He allocates and reshuffles various portfolios among the ministers.
  • He presides over the meeting of council of ministers and influences its decisions.
  • He guides, directs, controls, and coordinates the activities of all the ministers.
  • He can bring about the collapse of the council of ministers by resign from office.
  • Article 75(6): The salaries and allowances of Ministers shall be such as Parliament may from time to time by law determine and, until Parliament so determines, shall be as specified in the Second Schedule.
  • The Speaker is elected by the Lok Sabha from amongst its members; President has no role to play.
  • Funds are granted by Parliament to each ministry, Prime Minster do not play major role in this context.

Article Related Questions

  1. With reference to the functions of the Prime Minister, which of the following statements is correct?

  2. 1.The salaries and allowances of Ministers are decided by him.

    2.He advices the President to dismiss the minister in case of difference of opinion.

    3.He advices President for appointment of Speaker.

    4.He allocates fund to each Ministry.

    Right Ans : He advices the President to dismiss the minister in case of difference of opinion.


  3. The 1857 Uprising was the culmination of the recurrent big and small local rebellions that occured in the preceding hundred years of British Rule. Elucidate (Answer in 150 words) - 2019 Mains


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