Government of West Bengal

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Government of West Bengal
Emblem of India.svg
Seat of Government Kolkata
Executive
Governor M.K. Narayanan[1]
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee[1]
Legislature
Assembly
Speaker Biman Bandopadhdhay[2]
Members in Assembly 295
Judiciary
High Court Calcutta High Court
Chief Justice Arun Mishra

The Government of West Bengal (Bengali: পশ্চিমবঙ্গ সরকার) also known as the State Government of West Bengal, or locally as State Government, is the supreme governing authority of the Indian state of West Bengal and its 19 districts.[3] It consists of an executive, led by the Governor of West Bengal, a judiciary and a legislative.

Like other states in India, the head of state of West Bengal is the Governor, appointed by the President of India on the advice of the Central government. His or her post is largely ceremonial. The Chief Minister is the head of government and is vested with most of the executive powers. Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal, and houses the Vidhan Sabha (Legislative Assembly) and the secretariat (Writers' Building). The Calcutta High Court is located in Kolkata, which has jurisdiction over the whole of West Bengal and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The present Legislative Assembly of West Bengal is unicameral, consisting of 295 Member of the Legislative Assembly (M.L.A)[4] including one nominated from the Anglo-Indian community. Its term is 5 years, unless sooner dissolved.

History[edit]

On 18 January 1862, under the Indian Councils Act of 1861, a 12 member Legislative Council for Bengal was founded by the Governor-General of India with the Lt Governor of Bengal and some nominated members.. The strength of this council was gradually increased by subsequent acts. Under the Indian Councils Act of 1892, the maximum strength of the council was increased to 20 members out of which seven members were to be elected. After the Indian Councils Act of 1909 the number raised to 50 members.[4]

Council of Ministers[edit]

Sl. No. Name Ministries
1 Mamata Banerjee
  • Personnel and Administrative Reforms
  • Home
  • Land and Land Reforms
  • Agriculture
  • Health and Family Welfare
  • Hill Affairs
  • Minority Affairs and Madrasa Education
  • Home (Personnel and Administrative Reforms)
  • Information and Cultural Affairs
  • Power
2 Madan Mitra
  • Transport
  • Sports
3
4 Amit Mitra
  • Finance and Excise
5 Manish Gupta
  • Development and Planning
6 Subrata Mukherjee
  • Public Health Engineering
7 Abdul Karim Chowdhury
  • Mass Education Extension and Library Service
8 Sri Sadhan Pande
  • Consumer Affairs

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b "West Bengal Assembly". West Bengal Government. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Protests in Bengal Assembly over atrocities on women". The Hindu. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "West Bengal (state)". Indian Government. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "The Parliament of West Bengal, India". cpahq.org. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 

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