What is Article 248?

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Updated on: November 9th, 2023

Article 248 of the Indian Constitution of 1949 addresses legislative residuary powers. It gives the Parliament residuary powers to act in specific cases as and when they arise. It can empower Parliament to pass legislation on any subject that is not covered by the Concurrent or State lists.

Article 248 of the Indian Constitution

Article 248 of the Indian Constitution deals with legislation’s residuary powers.

  • It gives Parliament absolute power to make any law in such a matter that is not mentioned in the Concurrent list or the State list.
  • It also includes the enactment of any law relating to the imposition of a tax that is not included in the Concurrent or State lists.
  • On June 13, 1949, a draft of Article 223 (Article 248, Constitution of India 1950) was debated.
  • This Draft Article received no substantive debate and was adopted without amendment.
  • Following that, on September 16, 2016, the Constitution (One Hundred and First Amendment) Act of 2016 introduced an amendment to Article 248.
  • The amendment made the power of Parliament under Article 248 subject to the provisions of Article 246A.
  • Article 246A dealt with the authority to enact legislation concerning the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

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