What are the Discretionary Powers of the President of India?

By Durga Prashanna Mishra|Updated : August 23rd, 2022

The Discretionary Powers of the President of India is not explicitly mentioned in the Constitution of India. Most of the decisions made by the President of India are based on the binding advice of the Council of Ministers (Article 74). There are certain Discretionary Powers of the President of India that he/she can exercise without the approval of the executive of the Council of Ministers. One can understand these powers by reading the provisions carefully related to the Indian President.

Discretionary Powers of the President of India

The Discretionary Powers of the President of India are as follows:

  • Suspensive Veto: the president of India has the power to return a bill for reconsideration by the parliament. But if the bill is passed again by the parliament with or without amendments and presented to the president, then it is mandatory for him/her to give his assent to the bill.
  • Pocket Veto: here, the prescient neither ratify nor reject nor return the bill but keeps it pending for an indefinite period.
  • Under article 78, the President has the right to seek information from the PM regarding the administration of the affairs of the union.
  • Under article 85, the President can summon each house of parliament to meet at any time or place he/she thinks fit. 
  • The president has the power to decide if he/she should dissolve Loksabha or not when the CoM loses the majority in Lok Sabha.

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FAQs on What are the Discretionary Powers of the President of India?

  • The discretionary powers of the Indian President include Sending back the advice given by the Council of Ministers and asking them to reconsider a decision. President can delay with assent to bills passed by the parliament. Additionally, the presidents can also dissolve the Lok Sabha when the government has lost the confidence of the house.

  • Discretionary powers mean a power that leaves an administrative authority some degree of scope as regards the decision to be taken.

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