Article 167 of the Constitution


  • It is an act of constitutional impropriety for the Governor of a State to review the work of government officials when an elected regime is in place. 
  • However, the Governor has attempted to explain his interactions, saying he was seeking to familiarise himself with the administration and that he could appreciate its work in implementing schemes only if he got to know all details first hand.

About Article 167 of the Constitution:

  • Article 167 of the Constitution says it is the Chief Minister’s duty to communicate to the Governor all decisions of the Council of Ministers relating to the administration and proposals for legislation.
  • It enjoins the Chief Minister to furnish such information relating to the administration as the Governor may call for.
  • If Governor wants to understand how schemes are being implemented, he can seek details from the Chief Minister instead of holding meetings in the districts.
  • There may be occasions when the Governor may need to ask a top bureaucrat or the head of the police force for a report on a major incident or development, but even that should be for the limited purpose of getting an accurate picture before sending a report to the Centre.


  • None of this, of course, implies that the Governor should refrain from taking an independent view of any matter or legislative proposal. But his functioning should be within the bounds of established norms and conventions.


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