Other provisions as to Ministers.-
(1) The Prime Minister shall be appointed by
the President and the other Ministers shall
be appointed by the President on the advice
of the Prime Minister. (1A) The total number
of Ministers, including the Prime Minister,
in the Council of Ministers shall not exceed
fifteen per cent. of the total number of members
of the House of the People. (1B) A member of
either House of Parliament belonging to any
political party who is disqualified for being
a member of that House under paragraph 2 of
the Tenth Schedule shall also be disqualified
to be appointed as a Minister under clause (1)
for duration of the period commencing from the
date of his disqualification till the date on
which the term of his office as such member
would expire or where he contests any election
to either House of Parliament before the expiry
of such period, till the date on which he is
declared elected, whichever is earlier.
(2) The Ministers shall hold
office during the pleasure of the President.
(3) The Council of Ministers
shall be collectively responsible to the House
of the People.
(4) Before a Minister enters
upon his office, the President shall administer
to him the oaths of office and of secrecy according
to the forms set out for the purpose in the
(5) A Minister who for any
period of six consecutive months is not a member
of either House of Parliament shall at the expiration
of that period cease to be a Minister.
(6) The salaries and allowances
of Ministers shall be such as Parliament may
from time to time by law determine and, until
Parliament so determines, shall be as specified
in the Second Schedule.