Council of Ministers of West Bengal
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The Council of Ministers of West Bengal is the collective decision-making body of the Government of West Bengal, composed of the Chief Minister and 34 Cabinet Ministers, the most senior of the government ministers. The Cabinet is the ultimate decision-making body of the executive within the Westminster system of government in traditional constitutional theory.
The Union Council of Ministers of the Government of West Bengal was formed after the West Bengal state assembly election, 2011 held in six phases in 2011: on 18 April, 23 April, 27 April, 3 May, 7 and 10 May 2011. The results of the election were announced on 13 May 2011 and led to the formation of the 15th Vidhan Sabha. Mamata Banerjee took oath as the 11th Chief Minister of West Bengal on 20 May 2011, followed by the oath-taking ceremonies of the present 'Council of Ministers'.
For the Council of Ministers to aid and advise Governor
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This means that the Ministers serve under the pleasure of the Governor and he/she may remove them, on the advice of the Chief Minister, whenever they want.
For other provisions as to Ministers
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Government and politics
West Bengal is governed through a parliamentary system of representative democracy, a feature the state shares with other Indian states. Universal suffrage is granted to residents. There are two branches of government. The legislature, the West Bengal Legislative Assembly, consists of elected members and special office bearers such as the Speaker and Deputy Speaker, that are elected by the members. Assembly meetings are presided over by the Speaker or the Deputy Speaker in the Speaker's absence. The judiciary is composed of the Calcutta High Court and a system of lower courts. Executive authority is vested in the Council of Ministers headed by the Chief Minister, although the titular head of government is the Governor. The Governor is the head of state appointed by the President of India. The leader of the party or coalition with a majority in the Legislative Assembly is appointed as the Chief Minister by the Governor, and the Council of Ministers are appointed by the Governor on the advice of the Chief Minister. The Council of Ministers reports to the Legislative Assembly. The Assembly is unicameral with 295 Members of the Legislative Assembly, or MLAs, including one nominated from the Anglo-Indian community. Terms of office run for 5 years, unless the Assembly is dissolved prior to the completion of the term. Auxiliary authorities known as panchayats, for which local body elections are regularly held, govern local affairs. The state contributes 42 seats to Lok Sabha and 16 seats to Rajya Sabha of the Indian Parliament.
The main players in the regional politics are the All India Trinamool Congress, the Indian National Congress, the Left Front alliance. Following the West Bengal State Assembly Election in 2011, the All India Trinamool Congress and Indian National Congress coalition under Mamata Banerjee of the All India Trinamool Congress was elected to power (getting 225 seats in the legislature). West Bengal had been ruled by the Left Front for the past 34 years, making it the world's longest-running democratically elected communist government.
Council of Ministers
Mamata Banerjee's Oath of Office
Mamata Banerjee takes the oath of office
as Chief Minister administered by Governor M. K. Narayanan on May 20, 2011.
This is a list of members of the Council of Ministers of the Government of West Bengal after the 2011 state assembly election. All ministers are based in offices of their respective Ministries in Kolkata. All Cabinet members are mandated by the constitution to be members of the Vidhan Sabha of West Bengal. In a departure from the norm the Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, did not join the cabinet as a member of the Vidhan Sabha.
There are two categories of ministers, in descending order of rank, the seniors being Cabinet Ministers:
- Cabinet Minister – Senior minister in-charge of a ministry. A cabinet minister may also hold additional charges of other Ministries, where no other Cabinet minister is appointed
|1||Mamata Banerjee||Chief Minister of West Bengal
Also in-charge of:
|Bhabanipur (Vidhan Sabha constituency)|
|2||Partha Chatterjee||Ministry of Information Technology||||Behala Paschim|
|4||Amit Mitra||Ministry of Finance
Ministry of Excise
|Ministry of commerce and industry||Ministry of industrial reconstruction||Ministry of public enterprise||Khardaha|
|5||Manish Gupta||Ministry of power||Jadavpur|
|6||Subrata Mukherjee||Ministry of Public Health Engineering
Ministry of panchayat & rural development
|7||Abdul Karim Chowdhury||Ministry of Mass Education Extension and Library Services||Islampur|
|8||Sadhan Pande||Ministry of Consumer Affairs||Maniktala|
|9||Upen Biswas||Ministry of Backward Class Welfare||Bagda|
|10||Javed Khan||Ministry of Disaster Management
Ministry of Fire and Emergency Services
Ministry of Civil Defence
|11||Rabindranath Bhattacharjee||Ministry of statistics&programme implementation||Singur|
|12||Sabitri Mitra||Ministry of Social Welfare||Manikchak|
|13||Jyotipriya Mallick||Ministry of Food & Supplies||Habra|
|14||Santiram Mahato||Ministry of Self Help Group & Self Employment||Balarampur|
|15||Haider Aziz Safwi||Ministry of correctional administration||Uluberia Purba|
|16||Moloy Ghatak||Ministry of agriculture||Asansol Uttar|
|17||Purnendu Bose||Ministry of Labour||Rajarhat Gopalpur|
|18||Bratya Bose||Ministry of Higher Education
Ministry of school education
|19||Rachhpal Singh||Ministry of cooperation||Tarakeswar|
|20||Binay Krishna Barman||Ministry of Forest||Mathabanga|
|21||Goutam Deb||Ministry of North Bengal Development||Dabgram-Phulbari|
|22||Noor Alam Chowdhury||Ministry of planning@development||Murarai|
|23||Sankar Chowdhury||Ministry of pwd||Balurghat|
|24||Rabiranjan Chattopadhyay||Ministry of Science and Technology
Ministry of Biotechnology
|25||Sudarshan Ghosh Dastidar||Ministry of Environmental Affairs||Mahisadal|
|26||Ujjal Biswas||Ministry technical education&training||Krishnanagar Dakshin|
|27||Shyam Mukherjee||Ministry of textiles||Bishnupur|
|28||Firad Hakim||Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Ministry of Urban Development
|29||Sukumar Hansda||Ministry of Paschimanchal Unnayan Affairs||Jhargram|
|30||Somen Mahapatra||Ministry of Water Resources Investigation & Development||Tamluk|
|31||Aroop Roy||Ministry of Agricultural Marketing||Howrah Madhya|
|32||Chandranath Singha||Ministry of fisheries||Bolpur|
|33||Krishnendu Narayan Chowdhury||Ministry of tourism||English Bazar|
|34||Rajib Banerjee||Ministry of irrigation &waterways||Domjur|
|35||Aroop Biswas||Ministry of housing
Ministry of youth affairs
|36||Madan Mitra||Ministry of sports
Ministry of transport
|37||Manjul Krishna Thakur||Ministry of refugee,relief&rehabilitation||Gaighata|
|38||Subrata Saha||Ministry of horticulture&food processing industries||sagardighi|
Ministers of State
There are two categories of ministers, in descending order of rank, the juniors being Ministers of State:
- Minister of State (MoS) – Junior minister with overseeing Cabinet Minister, usually tasked with a specific responsibility in that ministry. For instance, an MoS in the Finance Ministry may only handle taxation.
|1||Chandrima Bhattacharya||Ministry of law & judicial(ind charge)
Ministry of health
|2||Swapan Debnath||Ministry of micro & small scale industries & textiles
Ministry of animal resource development(ind charge)
|3||Manturam Pakhira||Ministry of sunderban development(ind charge)
Ministry of irrigation&waterways
|4||Pundarikakhya Saha||Ministry of public health & engineering|
|5||Giasuddin Mollah||Ministry of minority affairs & Madarsah education|
|6||Sri Bacharam Manna||Ministry of Agriculture||Ministry of land &land reforms||7||Sashi Panja||Ministry of women and child development(ind charge)|
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