Topic: Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary; Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
5) “Collective responsibility is a myth in the Indian cabinet system”. Elucidate.(250 words)
Indian polity by Lakshmikanth
Why this question:
The question is in the backdrop of recent tussle in the appointment of Karnataka cabinet system. Likewise historically many states and even the central cabinet has witnessed the issue of collective responsibility.
Key demand of the question:
One must discuss in detail the
Elucidate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.
Structure of the answer:
First explain what you understand by cabinet system.
Discuss first the significance of cabinet system and what you understand by collective responsibility.
Discuss the provisions related to the collective responsibility in the constitution of India.
Explain the impact of the lacunae to not manifest collective responsibility in the cabinet.
Suggest solutions to overcome.
Conclude that the quality of administration is largely conditioned by the leadership and direction provided by Ministers thus it is important to foster the collective responsibility in true sense.