Q. Consider the following statements with respect to “Special Officer for Linguistic Minorities”::
1. The Constitution of India did not make any provision with respect to the Special Officer for Linguistic Minorities.
2. Seventh Constitutional Amendment Act of 1956 related to Special Officer for Linguistic Minorities.
3. He is appointed President on the recommendation of Appointment Committee.
Which of the following codes below given is/are NOT correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 1 and 2 only

[C] 2 and 3 only

[D] 3 only

Answer: D
Notes:
  • The Constitution of India did not make any provision with respect to the Special Officer for Linguistic Minorities1.
  • Later, the States Reorganisation Commission (1953-55) made a recommendation in this regard. Accordingly, the Seventh Constitutional Amendment Act of 1956 inserted a new Article 350-B in Part XVII of the Constitution2.
  • This article contains the following provisions:
    • There should be a Special Officer for Linguistic Minorities. He is to be appointed by the President of India.
    • It would be the duty of the Special Officer to investigate all matters relating to the safeguards provided for linguistic minorities under the Constitution.
    • He would report to the President upon those matters at such intervals as the President may direct. The President should place all such reports before each House of Parliament and send to the governments of the states concerned.
  • It must be noted here that the Constitution does not specify the qualifications, tenure, salaries and allowances, service conditions and procedure for removal of the Special Officer for Linguistic Minorities.

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