Constitutional Roles of Governor

The Governor is the Constitutional Head of the State. He forms a stable link between the Central Government and State Government as provided in Article 153-157 of the Constitution. In line with the powers and functions of the Governor vested under Article 151, 161, 164-167, 174-175, 207, 213, 200 and special powers of the Governor provided in the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India under Article 244(2), the Governor exercises his powers and functions under the Constitution. Rule 5 of the Governor’s (Allowances & Privileges) Rules 1987 provides that the Governor is entitled to a separate Secretariat. The expenditure on establishment of Governor’s Secretariat is charged on the Consolidated Fund of the State. The Governor’s Secretariat assists the Governor in discharging his responsibilities under the Constitution.

Main powers of the Governor as per the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India regarding Autonomous District Councils :

Description of Power entrusted to
the Governor
Para Brief Content
Power to constitute
district and regional
councils
19 Constitute district councils for each autonomous district as soon as possible and
until constitution of District Council, to be the head of the administration of the
district.
1(2) Divide areas of district councils into autonomous regions.
1(3) Issue notification for inclusion, exclusion, creation, increase, decrease, unite or
define areas of district council or alter the name of any district council.
2(6) Frame rules of the first constitution of district council or regional council.
14(3) Place one of the Ministers in charge of the welfare of the autonomous district
region.
Power to dissolve
and supersede
councils
16(1) Dissolve a district or regional council and assume to himself all or any of the
functions or powers of the district or the regional council on the recommendation
of the Commission appointed under Paragraph 14.
16(2) Dissolve a district or regional council and assume to himself all or any of the
functions or powers of the district or the regional council if satisfied that the
administration of the autonomous district or region cannot be carried out in
accordance with the provisions of the sixth schedule of the constitution.
Power affecting
electoral representation
in the council area
2(1),2
& 2(6A)
Nominate four members in each district council who hold office at his pleasure.
17 For the purpose of elections to the legislative assembly of the State, declare that
any area within an autonomous district shall not form part of any constituency to
fill a seat or seats in the assembly not so reserved to be specified in the order.