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Examine why the Indian Constitution provides for the executive ‘Clemency Powers’ under it? Also, highlight the differences between the Clemency powers of ‘President and Governor’.

Topic: Structure, Organization and Functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary—Ministries and Departments of the Government

3. Examine why the Indian Constitution provides for the executive ‘Clemency Powers’ under it? Also, highlight the differences between the Clemency powers of ‘President and Governor’. (250 Words)

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Reference: Polity by M. Laxmikanth

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 2 and mentioned as part of Mission-2022 Secure timetable

Key Demand of the question:

The importance of Clemency powers under the Indian Constitution

Directive word:

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must investigate the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications

 Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Brief on Clemency powers in Indian Constitution, detailing the Articles related to it

Body:

First, mention the scope and purpose of Clemency powers under Indian Constitution.

Then, mention the differences that exists between the powers of President and Governor

Conclusion:

A relevant closing statement