Directive Principles of State Policy
Directive Principles of State Policy are enumerated in Part IV of the
Constitution from Articles 36 to 51. The Constitution does not contain any classification
of Directive Principles. However, on the basis of their content and direction,
they can be classified into three broad categories, viz, socialistic, Gandhian
and liberal-intellectual. These principles are not enforceable by the courts.
are fundamental for the governance of the country. They aim at promoting the
Social Welfare of the people. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar described these principles as
‘novel features’ of the Indian Constitution.
The 86th Amendment Act of 2002
changed the subject -matter of Article 45 and made elementary education a
fundamental right under Article 21 A. The amended directive requires the State
to provide early childhood care and education for all children until they
complete the age of six years.