Ordinance making powers of the President of India

When both the Houses of the Parliament are not in session and there arises a need to make a law on some urgent matter, then the President can promulgate (a law or decree into effect by official proclamation) a law which is known as an ordinance.

According to Article 123, such ordinance has to be laid before both houses of Parliament within 6 weeks from the date on which the Parliament resumes its session. An ordinance can be withdrawn at any time by the President.

There cannot be a gap of more than 6 months within two sessions of Parliament. So maximum life of an ordinance is 6 months + 6 weeks = Approx 7 ½ months.

Similar ordinance-making powers have been given to the Governor of the States under Article 213.   


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  Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2016 at 12:00 PM under   Polity