PIL against grant of life time 'Cabinet Minister' status to a Goa politician

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Senior Goa leader Pratapsingh Rane has been honoured by conferring lifetime "Cabinet Minister" status for completing 50 years as an MLA in the Goa Legislative Assembly. Hence a Public Interest Litigation has been filed in the Bombay High Court against this decision.

  • It has been said in the PIL that this step of the state government is in violation of the '91st Amendment of the Constitution'.

  • The maximum number of members in the Goa cabinet is 12.

  • After Rane was given the status of 'Cabinet Minister', the number of 'Cabinet Members' increased to 13, which is more than the maximum limit prescribed by the Constitution.

  • Lifetime Status of the rank of Cabinet minister

  • The former Chief Minister and former Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly mr. Rane had completed 50 years as a legislator.

  • The cabinet decided that in future also those who complete 50 years and hold posts like CM and Speaker will be given cabinet status even after their retirement.

  • What is the Constitution (91st Amendment) Act, 2003 ?

  • It states that the total number of ministers, including the chief minister, in the council of ministers in a state should not exceed 15% of the total number of members of the legislative assembly of that state.

  • It provides a condition that the number of ministers including the chief minister in a state should not be less than twelve.

  • A cabinet minister for life would be entitled to 12 staff members – OSDs, support staff, peons, drivers – which would cost the exchequer Rs 90 lakh a year. Hence this decision is not justified.

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