Collective Responsibility of the Council of Ministers

Collective Responsibility of Council of Ministers

In the last video, we discussed the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers. This video is about Collective Responsibility of Council of Ministers.

Collective Responsibility is the basis of the Parliamentary system of Government. The Council of Ministers is collectively responsible to the House of the People This means that all the ministers (including the ones selected from the Rajya Sabha) are jointly responsible for the Lok Sabha.

Collective Responsibility means three basic things:

  1. The decisions of Cabinet are binding on all members of the Council of Ministers Collective Responsibility is linked to the idea of collective decision making. It is about putting up a united front. The ministers must defend the actions of the Government in public. Once a decision is taken in the Cabinet, all the ministers become equally responsible for supporting that decision, especially in the Parliament.
  2. The ministers who don’t agree with the decision of the must resign. If a minister doesn’t agree with the Cabinet decision, he must resign. All ministers have to own responsibility for a decision taken by the Cabinet.
  3. In case a vote of no confidence against one minister, the entire ministry must resign. Collective Responsibility means that the ministers swim or sink together. If the legislature passes a vote of no-confidence against the policy of the government or even one minister, it is considered a vote of no-confidence against the entire Council of Ministers. And in that case, the entire Council of Ministers headed by the Prime Minister has to resign.