Prime Minister of India
भारत के प्रधान मंत्री
Emblem of India
Emblem of India
Style Mr. Prime Minister
The Honourable
Residence Panchavati
Appointer President of the Republic of India
Term length General Elections are held every five years at a maximum, but may be held sooner. The Prime Minister is by convention the leader of the victorious party. No term limits are imposed on the office.
Inaugural holder Jawaharlal Nehru
15 August 1947 (1947-08-15) (71 years ago)
Formation Indian Constitution
15 August 1947 (1947-08-15) (71 years ago)
Website Prime Minister's Office

The Prime Minister of India (Hindi: भारत के प्रधान मंत्री) is the chief of government, head of the Council of Ministers and the leader of the majority party in parliament. The Prime Minister leads the executive branch of the Government of India.

The prime minister is the most senior minister of cabinet in the executive branch of government in a parliamentary system. The prime minister selects and can dismiss other members of the cabinet; allocates posts to members within the Government; is the presiding member and chairman of the cabinet and is responsible for bringing proposal of legislation.

The Prime Minister is appointed by the President to assist the latter in the administration of the affairs of the executive. The incumbent prime minister is Dr. Manmohan Singh, in office since 22 May 2004.

The Prime Minister

Origins and history

India follows a parliamentary system of government. In parliamentary systems fashioned after the Westminster system, the prime minister is the presiding and actual head of the government and head of the executive branch. In such systems, the head of state or the head of state's official representative (i.e. the monarch, president, or governor-general) usually holds a purely ceremonial position.

The prime minister is always, a member of parliament and is expected with other ministers to ensure the passage of bills through the legislature.

Constitutional framework and position of Prime Minister

The Constitution envisages a scheme of affairs in which the President of India is the head of the executive in terms of Article 53 with office of the Prime Minister as heading the Council of Ministers to assist and advise the President in the discharge of the executive power. To quote, Article 53 and 74 provide as under;

The executive powers of the Union shall be vested in the President and shall be exercised either directly or through subordinate officers, in accordance with the Constitution.
— Article 53(1), Constitution of India
There shall be a Council of Ministers with the Prime Minister at the head to aid and advise the President who shall, in the exercise of his functions, act in accordance with such advice.
— Article 74(1), Constitution of India
like most parliamentary democracies the Head of State's duties are only ceremonial, the Prime Minister of India is the head of government and has the responsibility for executive power. With India following a parliamentary system of government the Prime Minister is generally the leader of a party (or coalition of parties) that has a majority in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Parliament of India. The Prime Minister, in common with all other ministers at Central & state level, either has to be a current member of one of the houses of ParliamentTemplate:Fact-span

Role and power of the Prime Minister

Template:Politics of India The Prime Minister leads the functioning and exercise of authority of the Government of India. He is invited by the President of India in the Parliament of India as leader of the majority party to form a government at the federal level (known as Central or Union Government in India) and exercise its powers. In practice the Prime Minister nominates the members of their Council of Ministers [1][2][3] to the President. They also work upon to decide a core group of Ministers (known as the Cabinet)[1] as in-charge of the important functions and ministries of the Government of India.

The Prime Minister is responsible for aiding and advising the President in distribution of work of the Government to various ministries and offices and in terms of the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961.[4] The co-ordinating work is generally allocated to the Cabinet Secretariat [5] which in turn acts as a nodal agency for the functioning of the various Ministries. While generally the work of the Government is divided into various Ministries, the Prime Minister may retain certain portfolios.

The Prime Minister, in consultation with the Cabinet, schedules and attends the sessions of the Houses of Parliament and is required to answer the question from the Members of Parliament [6] to them as the in-charge of the portfolios in the capacity as Prime Minister of India.[7] The Prime Minister is also the ex officio Chairman of the Planning Commission of India. They also appoint the Deputy Chairman of the Commission, who is responsible for the functioning of the Commission and reports to the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister represents the country in various delegations, high level meetings and international organizations that require the attendance of the highest government office [8] and also addresses to the nation on various issues of national or other importance.[9] They also have exclusive jurisdiction over disposal of two national funds, (i) the PM's National Relief Fund,[10] and (ii) the PM's National Defence Fund,[11] which they use at their discretion attain the objectives behind the establishment of these funds.

Selection process


Article 84 of the Constitution sets the principle qualifications one must meet to be eligible to the office of the Prime Minister. A Prime Minister must be:

A person shall not be eligible for election as Prime Minister if he holds any office of profit under the Government of India or the Government of any State or under any local or other authority subject to the control of any of the said Governments.


Oath of office:

I, <name>, do swear in the name of God/solemnly affirm that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India as by law established, that I will uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India, that I will faithfully and conscientiously discharge my duties as a Minister for the Union and that I will do right to all manner of people in accordance with the Consitution and the law, without fear or favour, affection or ill-will.

Constitution of India, Third Schedule, Part I

Oath of secrecy:

I, <name>, do swear in the name of God/solemnly affirm that I will not directly or indirectly communicate or reveal to any person or persons any matter which shall be brought under my consideration or shall become known to me as a Minister for the Union except as may be required for the due discharge of my duties as such Minister.

Constitution of India, Third Schedule, Part II


By Article 75 of the constitution of India, remuneration of the prime minister as well as other ministers are to be decided by the Parliament[12] and is renewed from time to time. The original remuneration for prime minister and other ministers were specified in the Part B of the second schedule of the constitution of India, which was later removed by an amendment.

Prime Minister pay
Date established Salary in 2010 Salary in 2009
January 20, 2009 INR100,000 (US$Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character "[".) INR135,000 (US$Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character "[".)
Sources: PM India


See also


  1. ^ a b "Prime Minister and the Cabinet Ministers". Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  2. ^ "Ministers of State (Independent Charge)". Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  3. ^ "Ministers of State (without Independent Charge)". Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  4. ^ "(Allocation of Business) Rules 1961". Archived from the original on 2008-04-30. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  5. ^ "Cabinet Secretariat,Govt.of India". Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  6. ^ "Member of Parliament - Wikipedia". Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  7. ^ "PM's answers to Parliamentary Questions". Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  8. ^ "Recent Visit of the Prime Minister". Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  9. ^ "Recent National Messages of the PM". Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  10. ^ "PM's National Relief Fund". Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  11. ^ "PM's National Defence Fund". Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  12. ^ The Constitution of India, Article 75-6

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