18th December, 2015 (MAINS)

TODAYs ANSWER WRITING CHALLENGE FROM GS-II

Q1. The size of the cabinet should be as big as governmental work justifies functioning of executive and as big as the Prime Minister can manage as a team. How far the efficacy of a government then is inversely related to the size of the cabinet? Discuss. [12.5marks/2014/GS-4] 150 words.

Please write answer in the comments section.

  • Ashi Agarwal

    GS2 question soved by me
    Q1. The size of the cabinet should be as big as governmental work justifies functioning of executive and as big as the Prime Minister can manage as a team. How far the efficacy of a government then is inversely related to the size of the cabinet? Discuss.

    Answer :
    The efficacy of a government is inversely related to the size of the cabinet due to following reasons:
    1. The cabinet will be an effective deliberative body if its size is small.
    2. It will also be easy to settle questions conveniently by intimate decisions.
    3. Decisions can be taken by consensus and that would be conducive to the demand of secrecy, needs of co-ordination and the capacity of public exchequer.
    4. Cabinet size should be such that the Prime minister should have full control over the cabinet thus streamlining the decision making.
    5. A small cabinet without any coalition partners with all the members at same level will bring in more worth in the working of the government making it more efficient with less wastage of limited resources.

    Limitations of large cabinet size:
    1. More the number of ministers, more will be the weak links in the chain for governance.
    2. They can be bribed, coaxed or coerced into various action or inactions that can be harmful for governance.
    3. Big cabinet size poses the problem of co-ordination and it often leads to inordinate delays in decision making.
    4. Larger cabinets are made most of the time only to fulfil the ambitions of the various coalition partners and certainly not for any productive purpose.

    Limitations of small cabinet size:
    1. If the cabinet size is small it may lead to excessive centralisation of power in few hands.
    2. Because of overburden of work on few ministers there may be delay in decision making process.

    Conclusion:
    1. The cabinet size should be framed by striking the right balance between requirements of task and efficiency and ease of decision making to arrive at the optimum size of cabinet.

    • http://shashidthakur23.blog.com Shashi Thakur

      good arrangement of points..

      • Ashi Agarwal

        thank you for your feedback.

    • Surabhi Gupta

      really good answer…

      • Ashi Agarwal

        thanks Surabhi.