Consider the following:

1. President of India

2. Legislature of the state

3. Governor

4. Parliament of India

A bill, which seeks to change the name of state in India will pass on as which among the following correct order?

Answer: [C] 2→1→4

First of all a resolution is passed in the state assembly. This resolution once passed is forwarded to the central Government. By this, the state assembly (this means that the people of the state) authorizes the state government to place the matter before the Government of India for change of the name of the state. This change may also include the Hindi Translations of the name of the state.


Article 3 has a proviso, which reads as follows:

Provided that no Bill for the purpose shall be introduced in either House of Parliament except on the recommendation of the President and unless, where the proposal contained in the Bill affects the area, boundaries or name of any of the States, the Bill has been referred by the President to the Legislature of that State for expressing its views thereon within such period as may be specified in the reference or within

such further period as the President may allow and the period so specified or allowed has expired.

As per this proviso,

  1. President refers the Bill to the Legislature of the State for expressing its views regarding the resolution. The Legislative Assembly of State after considering passed the Bill in context with the changing the name of the state and adopts the resolution agreeing with the Bill.
  2. After this has been done, a bill is introduced in the Parliament of India.
  3. When this bill is passed and gets president’s assent, it becomes a law and accordingly changes are done in Schedule 1 & Schedule 4 and also wherever the name of state has been changed.
  4. However, these changes are not considered amendment of Constitution.

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