Rajnath Singh row: What are cupboard committees there for?

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A vital technical, administrative device – cupboard committee – in information, thanks to the Narendra Modi authorities’ choice to study its unique choice at the composition of 8 cabinet committees inside hours.

On Thursday, the authorities constituted eight cupboard committees. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh – technically the No.2 in pecking order inside the authorities for having taken oath after Prime Minister Narendra Modi – changed into a part of handiest of the cabinet committees. Amit Shah turned into in all eight.

Then something passed off – but what isn’t always yet in public area – and a revised list become released inside hours. Rajnath turned into now in six of the eight cabinet committees.

But what are cupboard committees?

Cabinet committees are more-constitutional bodies. But they derive their legality from the constitution. In constitutional parlance, a central authority is known as an executive, which also consists of the President of India.

Article 77(three) of the Constitution says, “The President shall make regulations for the greater handy transaction of the business of the Government of India, and the allocation among Ministers of the stated commercial enterprise.”

In simple language, the top minister-led Union cupboard has the powers to constitute committees of cabinet drawing members from various ministries. Besides permanent contributors, there can be some special invitees to those cabinet committees.

This is finished by the Government of India Transaction of Business Rules, 1961.

The cupboard committees make sure clean functioning among departments or ministries of the authorities. The ministries at times, are seen retaining contrasting views on coverage topics or their implementation. Cabinet committees help in ironing out the variations by using preparing a commonplace ground.

Cabinet committees work as enterprises, which can be instrumental in reducing the workload of the Union cabinet.

The eight cabinet committees

Appointments Committee of the Cabinet: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

Cabinet Committee on Accommodation: Amit Shah and Union ministers Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman and Piyush Goyal. Union ministers Jitendra Singh and Hardeep Puri are unique invitees.

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs: PM Modi, Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Gadkari, DV Sadananda Gowda, Nirmala Sitharaman, Narendra Singh Tomar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan

Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs: Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nirmala Sitharaman, Ramvilas Paswan, Tomar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Thawar Chand Gehlot, Prakash Javadekar and Prahlad Joshi are permanent members while Arjun Ram Meghwal and V Muraleedharan are unique invitees.

Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs: PM Modi, Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Gadkari, Sitharaman, Paswan, Tomar, Prasad, Badal, Harsh Vardhan, Goyal, Joshi and Arvind Sawant.

Cabinet Committee on Security: PM Modi, Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Sitharaman and Jaishankar.

Cabinet Committee on Investment and Growth: It is a new committee comprising PM Modi, Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Gadkari, Sitharaman and Goyal.

Cabinet Committee on Employment and Skill Development: It is some other new committee on which PM Modi, Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Sitharaman, Tomar, Goyal, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Pradhan, Mahendra Nath Pandey, Santosh Kumar Gangwar and Puri are the permanent participants. Gadkari, Badal, Smriti Irani and Patel are special invitees to the cabinet committee on employment and skill improvement.