What do you understand by Residuary Powers?
- Residuary Powers are special powers entrusted by the Constitution, to the Union Government.
- Our constitution has distributed the different subjects on which laws are to be made, between the Union Government and the State Governments.
- This distribution is done by dividing those various subjects into three lists as follows;
a. The Union List includes the subject on which the Union Government makes laws
b. The State List which includes subjects on which the State Government makes laws, and
c. The Concurrent List which includes subjects on which both the State and Union Governments can make laws.
- If a subject comes up that is not included in any of these three lists, the Union Government is entitled to make laws on it. These powers of the Union Government are termed as Residuary Powers.
Concept: An Independent Judiciary
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