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What is the issue of gubernatorial inaction in the legislative process and how does it affect federalism and democracy in India? Discuss the measures that can be taken to ensure greater accountability and transparency in the functioning of governors.

Topic: Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary—Ministries and Departments of the Government;

2. What is the issue of gubernatorial inaction in the legislative process and how does it affect federalism and democracy in India? Discuss the measures that can be taken to ensure greater accountability and transparency in the functioning of governors. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: The HinduInsights on India

Why the question:

The article discusses the issue of pending bills and the role of governors in the legislative process. The author argues that governors in some Indian states have been delaying or refusing to give their assent to bills passed by the state legislature, thereby impeding the legislative process.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about role of governor in giving/withholding assent to bills passed by state legislature and measures needed to resolve them.

Directive word: 

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context about gubernatorial inaction and article 200.

Body:

First, write in detail about the various options with the Governor with respect to a bill passed by the state legislature.

Next, write about the drawbacks on indefinitely sitting on the bill (pocket veto) and issues arising from such action.

Next, write about the possible solutions to the above issue.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a way forward.