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The Uttarakhand Council of Ministers is the executive wing of Government of Uttarakhand and headed by Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, who is the head of government and leader of the state cabinet. The term of every executive wing is for 5 years. The council of ministers are assisted by department secretaries attached to each ministry who are from IAS Uttarakhand Cadre. The chief executive officer responsible for issuing orders on behalf of government is Chief Secretary to the state government. The current Chief Secretary is Dr. Sukhbir Singh Sindhu who took charge from outgoing Om Prakash.[1]

Constitutional requirement

For the Council of Ministers to aid and advise Governor

According to Article 163 of the Constitution of India,

There shall be a Council of Ministers with the Chief Minister at the head to aid and advise the Governor in the exercise of his function, except in so far as he is by or under this Constitution required to exercise his functions or any of them in his discretion.

  1. If any question arises whether any matter is or is not a matter as respects which the Governor is by or under this Constitution required to act in his discretion, the decision of the Governor in his discretion shall be final, and the validity of anything done by the Governor shall not be called in question on the ground that he ought or ought not to have acted in his discretion.
  2. The question whether any, and if so what, advice was tendered by Ministers to the Governor shall not be inquired into in any court.

This means that the Ministers serve under the pleasure of the Governor and he/she may remove them, on the advice of the Chief Minister, whenever they want.

For other provisions as to Ministers

According to Article 164 of the Constitution of India,

The Chief Minister shall be appointed by the Governor and the other Ministers shall be appointed by the Governor on the advice of the Chief Minister, and the Minister shall hold office during the pleasure of the Governor:
Provided that in the States of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa, there shall be a Minister in charge of tribal welfare who may in addition be in charge of the welfare of the Scheduled Castes and backward classes or any other work.

  1. The Council of Minister shall be collectively responsible to the Legislative Assembly of the State.
  2. Before a Minister enters upon his office, the Governor shall administer to him the oaths of office and of secrecy according to the forms set out for the purpose in the Third Schedule.
  3. A Minister who for any period of six consecutive months is not a member of the Legislature of the State shall at the expiration of that period cease to be a Minister.
  4. The salaries and allowances of Ministers shall be such as the Legislature of the State may from time to time by law determine and, until the Legislature of the State so determines, shall be a specified in the Second Schedule.

Chief Minister

Main article: Chief Minister of Uttarakhand

Like any Indian state, Chief Ministers of Uttarakhand is the real head of the government and responsible for state administration. He is the leader of the parliamentary party in the legislature and heads the state cabinet. The current Chief Minister is Pushkar Singh Dhami.

State Cabinet

As per the Constitution of India, all portfolios of state government is vested in Chief Minister, who distribute various portfolio to individual ministers whom he nominates to the State Governor. The state governor appoints individual ministers for various portfolios and departments as per advice of Chief Minister and together form the State Cabinet. As the original portfolios are vested with CM, who delegates to others upon his/her wish, actions of individual ministers are part of collective responsibility of the state cabinet and Chief Minister is responsible for actions of each minister. The state cabinet along with Chief Minister, prepares General policy and individual department policy, which will be guiding policy for day-to-day administration of each minister.

Current Cabinet

This is the current Cabinet of Uttarakhand headed by the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Pushkar Singh Dhami:[2][3][4]

Colour key for parties
Name Constituency Departments Party
Chief Minister
1 Pushkar Singh Dhami Champawat
  • Confidential (Council of Ministers)
  • Home
  • Finance
  • Personnel and Intelligence
  • Rural Development
  • Technical Education
  • Information
  • Rural Works
  • Rural Roads and Drainage
  • Civil Aviation
  • Energy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Medical Health and Medical Education [1]
  • Planning
  • Personnel and All India Services Establishment
  • Vigilance, Good Governance, Corruption Eradication and Public Services
  • Technical Education
  • Family Welfare
  • Disaster Management
  • Revenue [2]
  • Veterans Welfare
  • Paramilitary Welfare
  • Planning [3]
  • External Aided Programmes
  • Prisons
  • Civil Defence and Homeguards
  • Consolidation in Hills Villages
  • Industrial Development (Mining)
  • Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises
  • Khadi and Village Industries
  • Food and Civil Supplies [4]
  • Food Processing
  • Information Technology
  • Science and Technology
  • Bio Technology
  • Secretariat Administration
  • General Administration
  • Justice
  • State Estate
  • Excise
Cabinet Ministers
2 Satpal Maharaj Chaubattakhal
  • Public Works Department
  • Panchayati Raj
  • Rural Development
  • Tourism
  • Minor Irrigation

  • Culture
  • Tourism
  • Watershed Management
  • India-Nepal River Projects
  • Irrigation
  • Rural Development
  • Panchayati Raj
  • Charity
3 Premchand Aggarwal Rishikesh
  • Finance
  • Trade Tax
  • Urban Development
  • Accommodation
  • Census
  • Reorganisation
4 Ganesh Joshi Mussoorie
  • Agricultural Marketing
  • Agricultural Processing
  • Agricultural Education
  • Plantation and Horticulture
  • Silk Development
5 Dhan Singh Rawat Srinagar
  • Primary Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Cultural Education
  • Cooperative
  • Higher Education
  • Medical Health
  • Medical Education
6 Subodh Uniyal Narendranagar BJP
7 Rekha Arya Someshwar BJP
8 Chandan Ram Das Bageshwar BJP
9 Saurabh Bahuguna Sitarganj BJP

See also


  1. ^ Singh, Kautilya. "NHAI chairman Sukhbir Singh Sandhu made new chief secretary". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  2. ^ Cabinet of Uttarakhand. Retrieved on 5 July 2021.
  3. ^ "Trivendra Singh Rawat sworn in as Uttarakhand CM". 18 March 2017.
  4. ^ (PDF)