SSC Indian Polity and Civics Sample Paper NCERT Sample Paper-6

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    Consider the following statements:
    1. Prime Minister decides the size of Council of Ministers
    2. Prime Minister recommends the names of the people to be appointed as Ministers
    3. There is no limit on number of ministers a prime minister can have in his council. Which among the above statements is/are correct?

    A)  Only 1 

    B)  1 & 2

    C)  1, 2 & 3          

    D)  Only 2 & 3

    Correct Answer: B

    Solution :

    [b] Article 72 of the Constitution prescribes that the total number of Ministers, including the Prime Minister, in the Council of Ministers shall not exceed 15 per cent of the number of members of the House of the People. Prior to January 1, 2004 (effective date of 91st Amendment of the Constitution) the Prime Minister had discretion to appoint any number in his council of ministers. But the Constitution (Ninety-first Amendment) Act in 2003 made a drastic change in curbing such power of the Prime Minister. This Amendment added clause (1A) in this Article which made a specific provision that, the total number of Ministers, including Prime Minister, in no case can exceed 15 percent of the total number of Lok Sabha members.

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