A governor of an Indian state, by definition is the head of the government and as such is the highest authority and representative of the central government as he/she is not only the final authority on passing of bills and laws by giving his/her seal and signature of approval, but is also reposed with the duty of appointing the chief minister and the rest of the ministry. The governor of any state does so, on the authority and power that is vested upon them by the president of India.
Although on paper it may seem as though a governor is an exceptionally powerful entity, in reality his role is merely that of a titular head of the state and is as such incapable and unable to exercise any real power.
There are however, many perks that a governor receives for his/her role as the stamp head of the state. Besides being accommodated in the best residential complex in any state capital, the governor is accorded the highest security and is assured of every luxury as befitting a head of state. While it is absolutely essential and necessary that a governor meets with dignitaries to build better relations for the state, the trips that are funded by the State Exchequer do not necessarily need to be over-the-top lavish affairs as has been the trend lately. It is also not prudent that the governor’s residence, the Raj Bhavan, be a palatial building housed in a compound large enough to accommodate a golf course.
In the interest of the larger economic scenario that reflects our current world, is there really a need for a governor? While many countries in Europe are taking up the path of economic austerity (an idea that has been propagated even in India), is it not for the best if we too give up the practice of maintaining such an expensive seat as that of the governor? Can the lakhs of rupees spent on the post and all that are part of it be put to better use for the development of the states? The answer to that is as clear as day.