Kharita from Partap Singh
to the Viceroy
April 13, 1888
Legal Document No
Your Excellency is already aware that circumstances obliged me to dismiss
Diwan Lachman Das, Prime Minister and President of the Council. As I think
that the Council which was formed with your kind advice should be continued,
I have prepared a scheme for its reorganization which I beg to forward
herewith to your Excellency.
I beg to express the high consideration and esteem I entertain for your
Excellency and to subscribe myself, etc.
JAMMU & KASHMIR COUNCIL
(l) The Council shall consist of a President, Vice-President, three
members, and a Secretary.
(2) His Highness the Maharaja shall be the President.
(3) Highness shall appoint a Vice-President, Members and a Secretary.
(4) Three shall form a quorum.
(5) The Vice-President, Members, and the Secretary may be removed and
substituted by majority of votes of the Members of the Council, for reasons
to be recorded.
(6) The Council shall be a consultative one.
APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS
(7) The Raja Amar Singh is hereby appointed VicePresident and Raja Ram
Singh and Babu Nilambar Milkers Members, with Diwan Janki Prasad, Member
(8) The Members shall represent the 'following branches of administration:
(i) Military - Raja Ram Singh.
(ii) Judicial and Foreign Department - Raja Amar Singh.
(iii) Revenue - Babu Nilambar Mukerji.
(iv) Miscellaneous - Diwan Janki Prasad.
9. The Vice-President shall also be the Prime Minister with executive
10. The Vice-President and Members shall take the following oath: -
"I solemnly declare that in giving my opinion as a Member of Council,
I shall keep in view the best interests of the State, and shall freely
express my honest convictions, without fear or favour, and I shall not
divulge any secrets of the State."
11. The Council shall sit three days in the week, authorised holidays
excepted, and any extraordinary meeting shall be held, on the requisition
of the Prime Minister.
12. It shall be the duty of the Council to legislate and hear and pass
opinion on all subjects that may be brought forward by the Members.
13. The Council shall, on meeting, frame rules for its guidance, which
may be removed or modified by it only.
14. All matters shall be decided on majority of votes.
15. Besides the matters which may be brought forward in the Council
by the Members, the Prime Minister, who is the head of the Executive Government
under His Highness, may refer to the Council for opinion all important
questions affecting the administration in all its branches.
16. The respective opinions of the several Members shall be recorded
17. When a Member brings forward, or the Prime Minister refers, any
special matter to the Council, it shall be the duty of the Secretary to
furnish all the members with a written statement of the subject matter.
18. The office establishment shall be considered and settled by the
Council on meeting.