The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is a non-constitutional body, still, it has wielded immense decision-making powers. Discuss the advantages and issues associated with it, in the context of India.

In India’s Polity, the PMO is a non-constitutional body, and along with a “Kitchen Cabinet”, it is often called the real government, because of the immense decision-making powers that it wields. There are both pros and cons for such high powers.

Advantages of immense powers with PMO:

  • With fewer members involved in discussions, the decision-making process becomes quicker and faster.
  • More efficient functioning because of the closed and discreet nature of PMO.
  • It maintains the discrete and secretive nature of works of national importance.
  • It can involve outside experts/close members, not traditionally part of the cabinet.

Disadvantages:

  • It bypasses the constitutional body. As the cabinet is the elected body for top decision-making, it should be responsible for the main decision-making.
  • Role of outsiders in governance without accountability to the people.
  • The concentration of powers in a single body instead of a large body of cabinet ministers.

Thus, there is a need for decentralization of powers from PMO to organs like the cabinet and council of Ministers.

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