Government of West Bengal
পশ্চিমবঙ্গ সরকার
Seat of GovernmentKolkata
Legislative branch
Assembly
SpeakerBiman Banerjee
Deputy SpeakerDr. Asish Banerjee
Members in Assembly294
Executive branch
GovernorJagdeep Dhankhar[1]
Chief MinisterMamata Banerjee
Chief SecretaryHari Krishna Dwivedi, IAS
Judiciary
High CourtCalcutta High Court
Chief JusticeJustice Rajesh Bindal (acting)

The Government of West Bengal also known as the State Government of West Bengal, or locally as State Government, is the governing authority of the state of West Bengal in India.[2] It consists of an executive, a judiciary and a legislature.

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. The post is largely ceremonial in nature. The Chief Minister is the head of government and is vested with most of the executive powers. Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, houses the West Bengal Legislative Assembly. The temporary secretariat is located in the Nabanna building in the district of Howrah, adjacent to the state capital. The Calcutta High Court is located in Kolkata, which has jurisdiction over the whole of West Bengal and the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The present Legislative Assembly of West Bengal is unicameral, consisting of 294 Member of the Legislative Assembly (M.L.A)[3] including one nominated from the Anglo-Indian community. Its term is 5 years, unless sooner dissolved.

The current chief minister is Mamata Banerjee, who took office on 20 May 2011. She is the founder and leader of the All India Trinamool Congress party, which won 184 seats (out of 294) in the 2011 West Bengal Legislative Assembly election and subsequently 211 seats (out of 294) in the 2016 West Bengal Legislative Assembly election.

History

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.[3]

Organization

Council of Ministers

  1. ^ The current government running is Third Mamata Banerjee ministry since 10 May 2021.
S.No Name[6] Portrait Constituency Assumed office[7] Department Party
1. Mamata Banerjee
(Chief Minister)
TBD 5 May 2021
  • Home & Hill Affairs
  • Personnel & Administration
  • Health and Family Welfare
  • Land and Land Reforms
  • Refugee and Rehabilitation
  • Information & Cultural Affairs
  • North Bengal Development
AITC
Cabinet Ministers
2. Subrata Mukherjee Ballygunge 10 May 2021
  • Panchayat and Rural Development
  • Public Enterprises and Industrial Reconstruction
AITC
3. Partha Chatterjee
Behala Paschim 10 May 2021
  • Industry, Commerce and Enterprise
  • Information Technology and Electronics
  • Parliamentary Affairs
AITC
4. Amit Mitra
TBD 10 May 2021
  • Finance
  • Planning and Statistics
  • Programme Monitoring
AITC
5. Sadhan Pande
Maniktala 10 May 2021
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Self Help Group and Self Employment
AITC
6. Jyotipriya Mallick Habra 10 May 2021
  • Forest
  • Non-Conventional and Renewable Energy Sources
AITC
7. Bankim Chandra Hazra Sagar 10 May 2021
  • Sundarban Affairs
AITC
8. Manas Bhunia
Sabang 10 May 2021
  • Water Resources Investigation and Development
AITC
9. Somen Mahapatra Tamluk 10 May 2021
  • Irrigation and Waterways
AITC
10. Moloy Ghatak Asansol Uttar 10 May 2021
  • Law, Judicial
  • Public Works
AITC
11. Aroop Biswas
Tollygunge 10 May 2021
  • Power
  • Youth Affairs and Sports
AITC
12. Ujjal Biswas Krishnanagar Dakshin 10 May 2021
  • Correctional Administration
AITC
13. Arup Roy
Howrah Madhya 10 May 2021
  • Co-operatives
AITC
14. Rathin Ghosh Madhyamgram 10 May 2021
  • Food and Supplies
AITC
15. Firhad Hakim Kolkata Port 10 May 2021
  • Transport
  • Housing
AITC
16. Chandranath Sinha Bolpur 10 May 2021
  • Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
  • Textiles
AITC
17. Sovandeb Chattopadhyay Bhabanipur (Resigned as MLA on 21 May 2021) 10 May 2021
  • Agriculture
AITC
18. Bratya Basu
Dum Dum 10 May 2021
  • School and Higher Education
AITC
19. Pulak Roy Uluberia Dakshin 10 May 2021
  • Public Health Engineering
AITC
20. Shashi Panja Shyampukur 10 May 2021
  • Women and Child Development and Social Welfare
AITC
21. Md. Ghulam Rabbani
Goalpokhar 10 May 2021
  • Minority Affairs and Madrasah Education
AITC
22. Biplab Mitra Harirampur 10 May 2021
  • Agricultural Marketing
AITC
23. Javed Ahmed Khan Kasba 10 May 2021
  • Disaster Management and Civil Defence
AITC
24. Swapan Debnath Purbasthali Dakshin 10 May 2021
  • Animal Resources Development
AITC
25. Siddiqullah Chowdhury
Manteswar 10 May 2021
  • Mass Education Extension and Library Services
AITC
Ministers Of State (Independent Charge)
26. Becharam Manna
Singur 10 May 2021
  • Labour
AITC
27. Subrata Saha Sagardighi 10 May 2021
  • Food Processing Industries and Horticulture
AITC
28. Humayun Kabir Debra 10 May 2021
  • Technical Education, Training and Skill Development
AITC
29. Akhil Giri Ramnagar 10 May 2021
  • Fisheries
AITC
30. Chandrima Bhattacharya Dum Dum Uttar 10 May 2021
  • Urban Development & Municipal Affairs
  • MoS in Health and Family Welfare
  • MoS in Land & Land Reforms
  • MoS in Refugee and Rehabilitiation
AITC
31. Ratna De (Nag) Pandua 10 May 2021
  • Environment
  • Science and Technology and Bio-Technology
AITC
32. Sandhya Rani Tudu Manbazar 10 May 2021
  • Paschimanchal Unnayan Affairs
  • MoS in Parliament Affairs
AITC
33. Bulu Chik Baraik Mal 10 May 2021
  • Backward Classes Welfare
  • Tribal Development
AITC
34. Sujit Bose Bidhannagar 10 May 2021
  • Fire and Emergency Services
AITC
35. Indranil Sen Chandannagar 10 May 2021
  • Tourism
  • MoS in Information and Cultural Affairs
AITC
Ministers Of State
36. Dilip Mondal Bishnupur 10 May 2021
  • Transport
AITC
37. Akhruzzaman Raghunathganj 10 May 2021
  • Power
AITC
38. Seuli Saha Keshpur 10 May 2021
  • Panchayet and Rural Development
AITC
39. Srikanta Mahata Salboni 10 May 2021
  • Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Textiles
AITC
40. Sabina Yeasmin
Mothabari 10 May 2021
  • Irrigation and Waterways
  • North Bengal Development
AITC
41. Birbaha Hansda
Jhargram 10 May 2021
  • Forests
AITC
42. Jyotsna Mandi Ranibandh 10 May 2021
  • Food and Supplies
AITC
43. Paresh Chandra Adhikary Mekliganj 10 May 2021
  • School and Higher Education
AITC
44. Manoj Tiwary
Shibpur 10 May 2021
  • Youth Affairs and Sports
AITC

References

Citations

  1. ^ "West Bengal Assembly". West Bengal Government. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  2. ^ "West Bengal (state)". Indian Government. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b "The Parliament of West Bengal, India". cpahq.org. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  4. ^ "List of Current Ministers in Mamata's second cabinet". wb.gov.in.
  5. ^ "Ministers of West Bengal". EduKare Online. 6 May 2021.
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