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Responsibility of Ministers

Responsibility of Ministers

The ministers are individually responsible to the State Legislature Assembly. In case the latter passes a censure motion against a minister for any lapse in the working of his department, he has to resign from office.

A minister remains in office only so long as he enjoys the confidence of majority in the State Legislative Assembly.

The State Council of Ministers is also collectively responsible before the State Legislative Assembly.

In case the latter passes a vote of no-confidence against the Council of Ministers or against the Chief Minister or rejects any bill sponsored by the Ministry or rejects the budget of the Government, or rejects any policy of the Government, or cuts the funds of the state government, the entire Council of Ministers resigns.

The Council of Ministers remains in office so long as it enjoys the support and confidence of the majority in the State Legislative Assembly.

No Legal Responsibility

As at the Centre, there is no provision in the Constitution for the system of legal responsibility of the minister in the states. It is not required that an order of the governor for a public act should be countersigned by a minister. Moreover, the courts are barred from enquiring into the nature of advice rendered by the ministers to the governor.

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