Block 3- State Administration

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The very first Article of our Constitution is, “India, that is ‘Bharat’, shall be a Union of states.” The phrase ‘Union’ has been used to imply ‘Federation’ within the US Constitution. In our Constitution, nevertheless, the Union isn’t a Federation of the kind arrange by the US Constitution. The Indian Constitution has a number of options of a Federation like the twin government; distribution of powers between federal and state governments, the supremacy of the Constitution and ultimate authority of courts to interpret the Constitution. Then again, there are a number of unitary options like a unified judicial system; built-in equipment for election, accounts and audit; the power of superintendence of union government over state Authorities in emergencies and to some extent even in regular instances; single citizenship, and many others. On account of these options, our Constitution lays down a quasi-federal polity. Granville Austin has alternatively known as our Federation a ‘Cooperative Federalism’ because of the want for shut cooperation between the Union government, and the state governments. The aim right here is to not focus on intimately the character of the Indian Federation, however to place the examine of state administration in correct context. It’s, subsequently, sufficient for us to know that our Constitution envisages a two-tier construction of governance – one on the Union or Central stage and the opposite on the state stage. The powers and features of the Central or Union government and the state governments are specified within the Constitution. The Union and the state governments operate independently in their very own spheres. In fact, there’s a space of overlapping duty and there are specific powers of superintendence.


The functioning of the government is made efficient with the assistance of task-oriented Ministries. No Ministry can run easily with out the help of a Secretariat on the Union in addition to state ranges. The Secretariat helps the government in policymaking and execution of legislative features. There’s a various vary of businesses on the state stage. Directorates are the chief arm of the state government; they translate into motion the policies which are framed by the State Secretariat. Despite the fact that the phrases ‘Directorates’ and ‘Government Businesses’ are sometimes used interchangeably, Directorates are however one sort of govt company. Directorates, as we will see, are categorised into two classes – Hooked up Offices and Subordinate Offices. This classification facilitates educational comprehension of the roles, which the 2 varieties carry out in policy execution.


The phrase ‘State Services’ refers back to the civil service on the state stage. Civil service refers back to the civilians employed by a government and distinguishes civilian pursuits in government from the army. Civil service is a profession service. Elective officers and workers of semi-government our bodies don’t kind a part of the civil service. A vital ingredient of the civil service idea is the benefit system. A benefit system means choice primarily based on capacity as adjudged by an open aggressive examination for civil service jobs. An unbiased recruiting company is the hallmark of a benefit system. The state-level recruiting businesses are designated as State Public Service Commission.

Unit-15 State Services and Public Service Commission
Unit-14 Patterns of Relationship Between the Secretariat and Directorates
Unit-13 State Secretariat: Organisation and Functions
Unit-12 Constitutional Profile of State Administration
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