The Constitution of India is the supreme law of India.
It came into existence on January 26, 1950.
It is the longest written constitution of any sovereign
country in the world, containing 444 articles, 12
schedules,22 parts and 94 amendments.
Part IV (Article 36-51) deals with various Directive
Principles of State Policy.
•The concept of Directive Principles of State Policy was
borrowed from the Irish Constitution.
•The makers of the Constitution of India were influenced
by the Irish nationalist movement.
•The principles have been inspired by the Directive
Principles given in the Constitution of Ireland and also by
the principles of Gandhism; and relate to social justice,
economic welfare, foreign policy, and legal and
The Directive Principles of State Policy are guidelines
to the central and state governments of India, to be
kept in mind while framing laws and policies. These
provisions, contained in Part IV of the Constitution of
India, are not enforceable by any court, but the
principles laid down therein are considered
fundamental in the governance of the country,
making it the duty of the State to apply these
principles in making laws to establish a just society in
DPSPs aim to-
create social and economic conditions under which the citizens
can lead a good life.
establish social and economic democracy through a welfare state.
They act as a, yardstick in the hands of the people to measure the
performance of the government.
The Directive Principles are non-justiciable rights of the people.
The Directive Principles, though not justiciable, are fundamental
in the governance of the country.
•Definition of state:
“The State’’ includes the Government and Parliament of India
and the Government and the Legislature of each of the States
and all local or other authorities within the territory of India or
under the control of the Government of India.
•Application of the principles.
•State to secure a social order for the promotion of
welfare of the people.
•Certain principles of policy to be followed by the State.
-equal rights to men and women.
-ownership of resources.
-equal pay for equal work.
-protection of children………..
Article 39 A:-
•Equal justice and free legal aid.
- to citizens having economic or other disabilities.
•Organisation of village panchayats.
• Right-to work, to education and to public assistance in
•Provision for just and humane conditions of work
and maternity relief .
•Living wage, good working conditions etc. , for
Article 43 A:-
•Participation of workers in management
•Uniform civil code for the citizens.
•Provision for free and compulsory education for children.
•Promotion of educational and economic interests of
Scheduled castes , Scheduled Tribes and other weaker
•Duty of the State to raise the level of nutrition and the
standard of living and to improve public health.
•Organisation of agriculture and animal husbandry.
Article 48 A:-
•Protection and improvement of environment and
safeguarding of forests and wildlife.
•Protect ion of monuments and places and objects of
•Separation of judiciary from executive.
•Promotion of international peace and security.
-just and honorable relations.
-encourage settlement of international disputes by
14. Implementation of DPSPs through…
Land Reform Acts.
Fixation minimum wages for employees engaged in
Welfare schemes for the weaker sections.
16. Amendments to DPSPs
An amendment requires the approval of two-thirds of the
members present and voting.
Article 31-C, inserted into the Directive Principles of
State Policy by the 25th Amendment Act of 1971 seeks to
upgrade the DPSPs.
Article 48-A, which ensures Protection and
improvement of environment and safeguarding of forests
and wild life, was added by the 42nd Amendment Act,
Article 45, which ensures Provision for free and
compulsory education for children, was added by the
86th Amendment Act, 2002.
onon-justiciable rights of the people.
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oconsidered fundamental in the governance of the
It the duty of the State to apply these principles in
making laws to establish a just society in the
In fact, it is the duty of the State to be kept in
mind of DPSPs, while framing laws and policies to
establish a just society in the country.