Government of Himachal Pradesh

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Government of Himachal Pradesh
Seat of governmentShimla
GovernorBandaru Dattatreya
Chief ministerJai Ram Thakur
SpeakerRajeev Bindal
Members in Assembly68 ]
High CourtHimachal Pradesh High Court
Chief JusticeLingappa Narayana Swamy[1]

The Government of Himachal Pradesh also known as the State Government of Himachal Pradesh, or locally as State Government, is the supreme governing authority of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It consists of an executive branch, led by the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, a judiciary and a legislative branch.

Like other states in India, the head of state of Himachal Pradesh 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. Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh, and houses the Vidhan Sabha (Legislative Assembly) and the secretariat (Ellersile). The Himachal Pradesh high court is located in Shimla, which has jurisdiction over the whole of Himachal Pradesh. The present Legislative Assembly of Himachal Pradesh is unicameral.

Council of Ministers (2017–22)[edit]

Ministry of the State
Designation Department Name
Chief Minister Finance, general administrations, home, planning, personnel and all other departments not allotted to any other minister Jai Ram Thakur[2]
Irrigation & Public Health Minister Irrigation & public health, horticulture, Sainik welfare Mahender Singh Thakur
Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affair Minister Food, civil supplies & consumer affair, election -
Education Minister Higher education, elementary education, parliamentary affairs, law and legal remembrancer Suresh Bhardwaj
MPP and Power Minister Multi-purpose projects and power minister, non conventional energy sources -
Urban Development Minister Urban development, town & country planning, housing Sarveen Chaudhary
Agriculture Minister Agriculture, tribal development, information and technology Ram Lal Markanda
Health and Family Welfare Minister Health and family welfare, medical education, Ayurveda, science and technology Vipin Singh Parmar
Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Minister Rural development, panchayati raj, animal husbandry, fisheries Virender Kanwar
Industries Minister Industries, labour & employment, technical education, vocational & industrial training Bikram Singh
Forest Minister Forest, transport, youth services and sports Govind Singh
Social Justice & Empowerment Minister Social justice & empowerment, cooperation Rajiv Saizal

State administrative structure[edit]

State administrative structure
Administrative structure (2002) Numbers
Districts 12
Tehsils 75
Subdivisions 52
Blocks 75
Villages 20690
Towns 57
Constituencies Numbers
Lok Sabha 4
Rajya Sabha 3
Assembly constituencies 68

The Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly has no pre-Constitution history. The state itself is a post-independence creation. It first came into being as a centrally administered territory on 15 April 1948 by the integration of 30 erstwhile princely states.

Himachal Pradesh is governed through a parliamentary system of representative democracy, a feature the state shares with other Indian states. Universal suffrage is granted to residents.

The legislature of Himachal Pradesh is unicameral and at present, the Assembly has a strength of 68. The tenure of the Assembly is five years unless it is sooner dissolved. There are 14 House Committees in the Assembly.

In the assembly elections held in November 2012, the Congress secured an absolute majority.[3] The Congress won 36 of the 68 seats while the BJP won 26 of the 68 seats. Virbhadra Singh was sworn in as Himachal Pradesh's Chief Minister for a record sixth term in Shimla on 25 December 2012. Virbhadra Singh, who has held the top office in Himachal five times in the past, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Urmila Singh at an open ceremony at the historic Ridge Maidan in Shimla.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. Himachal Government - Council of Ministers


  1. ^ Archived 19 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine High Court oF Himachal Pradesh
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Congress gets absolute majority in Himachal". The Statesman. Archived from the original on 11 May 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
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