Role of Governor


 Constitutional Role of the Governor

Relevant provisions of the Constitution of India on Governor and his functions :

Article 153

Governors of States:- There shall be a Governor for each state:

[Provided that nothing shall prevent the appointment of the same person as Governor for two or more states.]

Article 154

Executive power of State. - The Executive power of the state shall be vested in the Governor and shall be exercised by him either directly or through officers subordinate to him in accordance with this constitution.

(2) Nothing in this article shall-

(a) Be deemed to transfer to the Governor any functions conferred by any existing law on any other authority; or

(b)   prevent Parliament or the Legislature of the State from conferring by law functions on any authority subordinate to the Governor     

Article 155

Appointment of Governor- The Governor of a State shall be appointed by the President by warrant under his hand and seal.        

Article 156                                     Top

Term of office of Governor-(1) The Governor shall hold office during the pleasure of the President.   

(2)    The Governor may, by writing under his hand addressed to the President, resign his office.   

(3)    Subject to the foregoing provisions of this article, a Governor shall hold for a term of five years from the date on which he enters upon his office.   

    Provided that a Governor shall, notwithstanding the expiration of his term, continue to hold office until his successor enters upon his office.   

Article 157

Qualification for appointment as Governor- No person shall be eligible for appointment as Governor unless he is a citizen of India and has completed the age of thirty-five years.        

Article 158                                    Top

Condition of Governor's Office

(1)    The Governor shall not be a member of either House of Parliament or of a House of the Legislator of any State specified in the First Schedule, and if a member of either House of Parliament or of a House of the Legislature of any such State be appointed Governor, he shall be deemed to have vacated his seat in that House or the date on which he enters upon his office as Governor.   

(2)    The Governor shall not hold any other office of profit.   

(3)    The Governor shall be entitled without payment of rent to the use of his official residences and shall be also entitled to such emoluments, allowances and privileges as may be determined by Parliament by law and until provision in that behalf is so made,  such  emoluments, allowances and privileges as are specified in the Second Schedule.   

[3A] where the same person is appointed as Governor of two or more States, the emoluments and allowances payable to the Governor shall be allocated among the States in such proportion as the President may by order determine.]   

(4)    the emoluments and allowances of the Governor shall not be diminished during his term of office.        

Article 159

Oath or affirmation by Governor- Every Governor and every person discharging the functions of the Governor shall, before entering upo his office, make and subscribe  in the presence of the Chief Justice of the High Court exercising jurisdiction in relation to the State, or, in his absence, the senior most Judge of that Court available, on oath or affirmation in the following form, that is to say-  

I,A.B., do swear in the name of God/ solemnly affairm, that I will faithfully execute the office of Governor (or discharge the functions of the Governor) of .......(name of the State) and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and the law and that I will devote myself to the service and well-being of the people of .......(name of the State)."    

Article 160

Discharge of the functions of the Governor in certain contingencies-    The President may make such provision as he thinks fit or  the discharge of the functions of the Governor of a State in any contingency not provided for this Chapter.   


Power of governor to grant pardons, etc., and to suspend, remit or commute sentences in certain cases.-    The Governor of a State shall have the power to grant pardons, reprieves, respites or remissions of punishment or to suspend, remit or commute the sentence of any person convicted of any offence against any law relating to a matter to which the executive power of the State extends.     

Article 163

(1) There shall be a council of Ministers with the Chief Minister at the head to aid and advise the Governor in the exercise of his functions, except in so far as he is by or under this Constitution required to exercise his functions or any of them in his discretion.

(2) If any question arises whether any matter is or is not a matter as respects which the Governor is by or under this Constitution requires to act I his discretion, the decision of the Governor in his discretion shall be final and the validity of anything done by the Governor shall not be called in question on the ground that he ought or ought not to have acted in his discretion.


(3) The question whether any, and if so what, advice was tendered by the Ministers to the Governor shall not be inquired into in any Court.

Article 164

(1) The Chief Minister shall be appointed by the Governor and other Ministers shall be appointed by the Governor on the advice of the Chief Minister, and the Ministers shall hold office during the pleasure of the Governor;

Article 166

(1) All executive action of the Government of a State shall be expressed to be taken in the name of the Governor.

(2) Orders and other instruments made and executed in the name of the Governor shall be authenticated in such matter as may be specified in rules to be made by the Governor, and the validity of an order or instrument which is so authenticated shall not be called in question on the ground that it is not an order or instrument made or executed by the Governor.

Article 167

It shall be the duty of the Chief Minister of each State:-

(a) to communicate to the Governor of the State all decisions of the council of Ministers relating to the administration of the affairs of the State and proposals for legislation;

(b) to furnish such information relating to the administration of the affairs of the State and proposals for legislations the Governor may call for; and

if the Governor so requires to submit for the consideration of the Council of Ministers any matter on which a decision has been taken by a Minister but which has not been considered by the Council.

Article 168

(1)For every state there shall be a Legislature which shall consist of the Governor - .and

(a) In the states of ……Bihar…..Maharashtra…..Karnataka…..and Uttar Pradesh, two Houses;

(b) In other States, one House.

Article 174

(1)The Governor shall from time to time summon the House or each House of the Legislature of the State to meet at such time and place as he thinks fit, but six months shall not intervene between its last sitting in one session and the date appointed for its first sitting in the next session.

(2)The Governor may from time to time:-

(a )prorogue the House or either House;

(b) dissolve the Legislative Assembly.

Article 175

(1)The Governor may address the Legislative Assembly or, in the case of a State having a Legislative Council, either House of the Legislature of the State, or both Houses assembled together, and may for that purpose require the attendance of members.

(2)The Governor may send messages to the House or Houses of the Legislature of the State, whether with respect to a Bill then pending in the Legislature or otherwise, and a House to which any message is so sent shall with all convenient despatch consider any matter required by the message to be taken into consideration.

Article 176

(1)At the commencement of (the first session after each general election to the Legislative Assembly ads at the commencement of the first session of leach year), the Governor shall address, the Legislative Assembly or, in the case of a State having a Legislative Council, both Houses assembled together and inform the Legislature of the causes of its summons.

Provision shall be made by the rules regulating the procedure of the House or either House for the allotment of time for discussion of the matters referred to in such address.

Article 200                     Top

When a Bill has been passed by the Legislative Assembly of a State or in the case of a State having a Legislative Council, has been passed by both Houses of the Legislature of the State, it shall be presented to the Governor and the Governor shall declare either that he assents to the Bill or that he withholds assent therefrom or that he reserves the Bill for the consideration of the President;

Provided that the Governor may, as soon as possible after the presentation to him of the Bill for assent, return the Bill if it is a Money Bill together with a message requesting that the House or Houses will reconsider the Bill or any specified provisions thereof and, in particular, will consider the desirability of introducing any such amendments as he may recommend in his message and, when a Bill is so returned, the House or Houses shall reconsider the Bill accordingly, and if the Bill is presented to the Governor for assent, the Governor shall not withhold assent therefrom;

Provided further that the Governor shall not assent to, but shall reserve for the reconsideration of the President, any Bill which in the opinion of the Governor would, if it became law, so derogate from the powers of the High Court as to endanger the position which that Court is by this Constitution designed to fill.

Article 201

When a Bill is reserved by a Governor for the consideration of the President, the President shall declare either that he assents to the Bill or that he withholds assent therefrom;

Provided that, where the bill is not a Money Bill, the President may direct the Governor to return the Bill to the House or, as the case may be, the Houses of the Legislature of the State together with such a message as is mentioned in the first proviso to Article 200 and, when a Bill is so returned, the House or Houses shall reconsider it accordingly within a period of six months from the date of receipt of such message and, if it is again passed by the House or Houses with or without amendment, it shall be presented again to the President for his consideration.

Article 202

The Governor shall in respect of every financial year cause to be laid before the House.....a statement of the estimated receipts and expenditure.

Article 203(3)

No demand for a grant shall be made except on the recommendation of the Governor.

Article 205

The Governor shall cause to be laid before the House another statement showing estimated amount of expenditure (Article 205).

Article 207

(1) A Bill or amendment making provision for any of the matters specified in sub-clauses (a) to (f) of clause (1) of Article 199 shall not be introduced or moved except on the recommendations of the Governor, and a bill making such provision shall not be introduced in a Legislative Council.

Provided that no recommendation shall be required under this clause for the moving of an amendment making provision for the reduction or abolition of any tax.

Article 213

The Governor may promulgate such Ordinances, as the circumstances appear to him to require.... during the recess of legislature.

Article 217

The Governor is consulted for appointment of Judges of High Court.

Article 219

Every person appointed to be a Judge of a High Court shall, before he enters upon his office, make and subscribe before the Governor of the State, or some person appointed in behalf by him, an oath or affirmation according to the form set out for the purpose.

Article 244(1)

The Governor of Odisha has special responsibility about the administration of Scheduled Areas as provided in the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution.

Appointment of Constitutional and Statutory Bodies             Top

The Governor makes appointments to Constitutional and Statutory Bodies such as Public Service Commission, Lokpal, State Information Commission, etc.

Administration of Scheduled Areas                                                      Top

The Governor of Odisha has special responsibility about the administration of Scheduled Areas are provided in the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution.

The Scheduled Areas Order 1977 declares three full districts viz. Mayurbhanj, Sundargarh and Koraput (after re-organization, 7 districts viz. Mayurbhanj, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagada and Nawarangpur) and parts of other districts namely Kuchinda tehsil of Sambalpur district, Keonjhar, Telkoi, Champua and Barbil tehsil of Keonjhar district, Kandhamal, Baliguda and G.Udayagiri tehsil of Kandhamal district, R. Udayagiri tehsil (including present Mohana tehsil), Guma and Rayagada Blocks in Paralakhemundi sub-division of Gajapati district and Suruda tehsil excluding Gajalbadi and Gochha gram panchayat of Ghumsar Sub-division of Ganjam district, Thuamul-Rampur and Lanjigarh of Kalahandi district and Nilagiri Block of Balasore district as Scheduled Areas of the State.

Article 361

(1)The President, or the Governor of a State shall not be answerable to any Court for the exercise and performance of the powers and duties of his office or for any act done or purporting to be done by him in the exercise and performance of those powers and duties;

Provided that the conduct of the President may be brought under review by any Court, tribunal or body appointed or designated by either House of Parliament for the investigation of a charge under Article 61;

Provided further that nothing in this clause shall be construed as restricting the right of any person to bring appropriate proceedings against the Government of India or the Government of a State.

(1)No criminal proceedings, whatsoever, shall be instituted, or continued against the President, or the Governor of a State, in any Court during his term of office.

(2)No process for the arrest or imprisonment of the President, or the Governor of a State, shall issue from any Court during his term of office.


As Chancellor of Universities                                                            top

            His Excellency the Governor is the ex-officio Chancellor of the Universities of the State by virtue of Section 5(1) of Odisha Universities Act, 1989 and similar other legislations. At present, there are 11 Universities in the State of Odisha as follows;

University Description Links
Utkal University, Bhubaneswar

Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, Khordha. The University has now the jurisdiction over 9 districts, viz, Angul, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda, Nayagarh and Puri and is spread over an area of 24,973 sq. kilometers catering to the needs of higher education of a population of more than 110 lakhs.
Sambalpur University, Burla

Sambalpur University, Jyoti Vihar, Burla, Sambalpur The territorial jurisdiction of the University covers 10 districts of the state of Odisha namely Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Deogarh, Bargarh, Bolangir, Subarnapur, Nawapara, Kalahandi, Boudh and Athamallik Sub-Division of Angul District. The University at Jyoti Vihar provides Post-Graduate education in Twenty-seven subjects through Twenty Post-Graduate Departments.
Berhampur University, Berhampur Berhampur University, Berhampur. The university has a wide area under its jurisdiction comprising the districts of Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Nowrangapur, Malkangiri, Kandhamala and Boudh. Eleven Govt. colleges, sixty two non Govt. colleges and twenty six professional technical colleges are affiliated to the university. To the credit of the university these institutes cater to the need of students in various subjects and disciplines such as Arts, Science, Commerce, Law, Education, Medicine, Engineering, Pharmacology, Homoeopathy, Ayurveda, Nursing, Military Science, Library Science and Fine Arts.
Odisha University of Agriculture&Technology, Bhubaneswar Odisha University of Agriculture &Technology, Bhubaneswar. The University is having seven constituent colleges namely College of Agriculture, Bhubaneswar, College of Agriculture, Chiplima, and College of Horticulture, Chiplima , and College of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry, and College of Agricultural Engineering & Technology and College of Fisheries Rangeilunda, Berhampur and College of Basic Science & Humanities and College of Home Science and one centre for Post-Graduate studies with annual intake capacity of 1342 students.
Sri Jagannath Sanskrit Visvavidyalaya, Puri Sri Jagannath Sanskrit Visvavidyalaya, Puri. With the creation of Sanskrit Vishvavidyalaya , 142 Sanskrit institutions of the state including 5 Mahavidyalayas and 137 Vidyalayas , Pathasalas and Tools offering Prathama , Madhyama , Upashastri , Shastri and Acharya courses came under this Vishvavidyalaya .
Fakir Mohan University, Balasore Fakir Mohan University, Balasore.
North Odisha University, Mayurbhanj

North Odisha University,Mayurbhanj. The jurisdiction of the University extends over two districts, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar. There are 80 affiliated colleges, both general and professional, catering to the demand of higher education.
Utkal University of Culture, Bhubaneswar

Utkal University of Culture, Sardar Patel Hall Complex, Unit-II, Bhubaneswar. The Jurisdiction of the Utkal University of Culture extends to the whole of the State of Odisha . It has the exclusive right to grant affiliation to any college or institution which offers courses or programmes of education, research and training in the field of literary arts, visual and performing arts and in other related areas of culture.
Biju Patnaik University of Technology, Rourkela Biju Patnaik University of Technology
Ravenshaw University, Cuttack

Ravenshaw University, Cuttack. The University has 27 departments of which 20 are post-graduate departments. M.Phil. programme is available in 14 departments and all the departments have provision for Ph.D. & D.Litt. programmes. Presently the  University runs 23 Post-Graduate courses with research facilities and 27 Undergraduate honours courses.
Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology, Burla

Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology, Burla. To emerge as an internationally acclaimed Technical University to impart futuristic technical education and creation of vibrant research enterprise to create quality engineers and researchers, truly world class leader and unleashes technological innovations to serve the global society and improve the quality of life.

           The position of the Chancellor has been delineated in clear cut fashion in Odisha Universities Act, 1989. He has to preside over all the Convocations of the Universities convened for the purpose of conferring degrees or for any other purpose. He decides all disputes with regard to election, nomination or selection of members of the authorities of the Universities. He enjoys the right to inspect or cause to be inspected the Universities or part thereof and make appropriate directions for corrective measures on the findings during such enquiry. Under sub-Section 9 of Section 5, he is competent to issue directions or instructions not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act and Statutes on any matter connected with a University when any authority or Vice-Chancellor fails to act in accordance with the provisions of this Act, the Statutes, or the Regulations. Under sub-Section 10 of Section 5, the Chancellor may, by order in writing annul any proceeding of the Senate, Syndicate, Academic Council or any other authority which is not in conformity with this Act, the Statutes, the Regulations or the directions issued under sub-Section (9). Under sub-Section 20 of Section 6, the Chancellor may, at any time, by an order in writing remove the Vice-Chancellor of a University from office if in his opinion it appears that his continuance in office is detrimental to the interests of that University.

          The Chancellor enjoys enormous authority in the matter of appointment of vital functionaries of the University which includes Vice-Chancellor, Registrar, Comptroller of Finance, certain members of the Senate, Syndicate and Academic Council from the University. He also enjoys the authority to suspend any member of the authorities under Section 15(1) and (2) of Odisha Universities Act under given circumstances.

          Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology Act, Utkal University of Culture Act and Biju Patnaik University of Technology Act also clearly define the powers and position of the Chancellor.

As Patron/ President of Organizations                                                         

The Governor is also the Patron/ President/ Chairman of several organizations such as

1 Hind Kusht Nivaran Sang, Odisha State Branch
2 Indian Red cross Society,
3 Odisha State Bharat Scouts and Guides
4. State Tuberculosis Association of Odisha
5. Rajya Sainik Board Odisha
6. St. John Ambulance Odisha State Centre