Indian Polity / Directive Principles
The significance and importance of Directive Principles of State Policy (DPSP) in Indian Constitution
is to set up a welfare state or a socialistic pattern of society. The directive principles are also known as non-justiciable rights. The directives aim at the
community well being. These directives contain the socio-economic philosophy of the Constitution.
Features of Directive Principles of State Policy
The features of directive principles of state policy include
List of Directive Principles of State Policy
List of Directive Principles of State Policy is placed in PART IV of the Indian Constitution under Articles 36-51. DPSP Articles 36 and 37 deal with
definition and application of Directive Principles.
- Article 38 deals with securing socio-economic justice with the policies of the Government.
- Article 39 provides certain principles like men and women should get paid equal pay for equal work and equal opportunities in work.
- Article 39A says free legal aid to the poor people.
- Article 40 says establishment of Panchayati Raj Institutions for
achieving Gram Swaraj.
- Article 41 deals with right to work or employment, right to public assistance and right to education.
- Article 42 says Government should provide and take measures for just and humane working conditions and maternity relief to women.
- Article 43 says there should be living wages for workers and security of their job.
- Article 43A says about participation of the employees in the management of industry which is nothing but profit sharing.
- Article 44 says about implementation of uniform civil code. This is the only directive principle so far not implemented except in the state of
Goa. Supreme Court in Sarla Mudgal case in 1996, directed the Central Government to initiate steps for implementation of uniform civil code.
- Article 45 says free and compulsory pre-primary education to all the children below the age of 6 years.
- Article 46 says upliftment of the downtrodden especially SCs, STs and OBCs.
- Article 47 talks about prohibition of all intoxicants, drugs, liquors which are injurious to the public health. It is the duty of the State to raise the
level of nutrition and increase the standard of living and to ameliorate public health.
- Article 48 says about banning of slaughtering of cows and other animals which are useful for agriculture and dairy development.
- Article 48A says about protection of environment and the wildlife.
- Article 49 says about protection of places of historical significance and other monuments.
- Article 50 says about separation of Judiciary from Executive.
- Article 51 says that all international disputes or the border disputes must be solved or resolved through negotiations peacefully and amicably across the
table without resorting to war.
- There are other directives, which are not located in the PART IV of the Constitution. They are -
- Article 335, which says the claims of SCs & STs will be considered while making appointments to Central and State services without hampering the general
merit. It is justifiable in nature.
- Article 350A, which says about imparting primary education in the mother tongue only.
- Article 351, which says about promotion of Hindi as National Language in order to achieve the integrity of India.
Criticism of Directive Principles of State Policy
If we critically examine the directive principles of state policy
- Directive Principles are non-justiciable.
- There is no clarity in Directive Principles. Some of the directives are self-contradictory.
- These directives are very exhaustive in nature, thereby the essence of these directives is undermined.
- Naziruddin Ahmad observed that these directives are like resolutions of 1st day of every new year, which are conveniently forgotten next day.
- Prof. K.T. Shah observed that these directives are like a post dated cheque, which is not useful timely.
- Gran ville Austin observed that these are the factors which cause a social reform and social revolution.
- Dr. B.R. Ambedkar observed that these are the instruments of instruction. They are guidelines though they are not justiciable. That is the
Government may escape from the court of law but it cannot afford to do something in the court of people.
- K.M. Munshi said these directives provide and will have a moral and educational value and secure continuity in the policies of the Government.
- There is so much importance of directive principles of state policy, but their implementation requires a true heart in order to accomplish an egalitarian