The principle of collective responsibility is the most important principle upon which the union cabinet functions.

The constitution clearly recognizes this principle by providing that “The council of ministers shall be collectively responsible to the House of people. Collective responsibility means that all ministers are jointly and collectively responsible for the administration of the affairs of the country as a body.

The council must act as a team and put up a united front in the parliament. They sink and swim together. Though the work of Govt, is divided into different departments and each minister looks to the administration of his own department but the Parliament and to the people of large the ministers from an indivisible whole and are answerable as a body for the actions which may have been taken an individual departments. In the council there is no division and no difference of opinion.