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Indian Administration by Pankaj Singh, Hoshiar Singh

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The Prime Minister

The prime minister is the head of the council of ministers. Article 74 creates the office of the prime minister as head of the council. It means the cabinet has its own head and that head is not the president but the prime minister. Thus, in India, constitutional recognition has been given to the office of the prime minister. As K. V. Rao says:

The clear recognition of the Prime Minister’s office has many advantages, ‘It recognises his leadership, thus paving the way for homogeneity of the cabinet and its collective responsibility. It places the responsibility of choosing the other ministers on him, thus not only making the task of the President easy but also preventing the President ordinarily from dealing with ‘each minister ...

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