Prime Minister of India
|Prime Minister of Republic of India
Bhārat ke Pradhānamantrī
|Prime Minister's Office|
|Style||The Honourable (formal)|
His Excellency (in diplomatic correspondence)
Mr. Prime Minister (informal)
|Status||Head of government|
|Residence||Bungalow Number 5, Prime Minister's Estate, Lok Kalyan Marg, New Delhi, India|
|Seat||Prime Minister's Office, South Block, Central Secretariat, New Delhi, India
Camp Office: Bungalow Number 7, Prime Minister's Estate, Lok Kalyan Marg, New Delhi, India
|Appointer||President of India|
by convention, based on appointee's ability to command confidence in the Lok Sabha
|Term length||At the pleasure of the President|
Lok Sabha term is 5 years unless dissolved sooner
No term limits specified
|Constituting instrument||Constitution of India|
|Precursor||Vice President of the Executive Council|
|Inaugural holder||Jawaharlal Nehru|
|Formation||15 August 1947|
|Deputy||Vacant, Deputy Prime Minister of India|
|Salary||₹280,000 (US$3,900) (per month)|
The Prime Minister of India, is the chief executive officer of the government of India. The Prime minister directs the executive branch of the union government, leads the union Council of Ministers and is responsible for enforcing federal laws. The Prime Minister is usually the chairperson of the government majority party in the Indian Parliament and acts as Leader of the House for either the Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha. The Prime Minister is appointed by the President of India.
The Prime Minister appoints the Council of Ministers, distributes portfolios among them, acts as the link between the Council of Ministers and the President and is the chief spokesperson of India's foreign policy. As the state leader of the largest democracy and the fourth most powerful nation in the world, in terms of military, as well as the third highest ranking nation in terms of GDP (PPP) and 5th wealthiest nation by net wealth and nominal GDP, the office of prime minister of India is considered one of the most powerful and influential government offices in the world.
The current prime minister is Narendra Modi. He was sworn in on 26 May 2014.
Role and Power of the Prime Minister
The Prime Minister is responsible in aiding the President in his/her work relating to the government. 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.
Some specific ministries/department are not allocated to anyone in the cabinet but the Prime Minister himself. The Prime Minister is usually always in-charge/head of:
- Appointments Committee of the Cabinet;
- Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions;
- Ministry of Planning;
- Department of Atomic Energy; and
- Department of Space.
The Prime Minister also represents the country in various international meetings, conferences and organizations.
A Prime Minister must be:
- a citizen of India.
- should be a member of the Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha. If a person elected prime minister is neither a member of the Lok Sabha nor Rajya Sabha, then he/she must become a member of the Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha within six months.
- of above 25 years of age (in the case of a seat in the Lok Sabha) or above 30 years of age ( in the case of a seat in the Rajya sabha)
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 prime minister for the Union and that I will do right to all manner of people in accordance with the Constitution 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 Prime 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
List of Prime Ministers
- as per Section 3 of "The Salaries and Allowances of Ministers Act 1952 and the rules made thereunder" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Retrieved 28 January 2019.