The State shall, within the limits of its economic capacity and development, make effective provision for securing the right to work, to education and to public assistance in cases of unemployment, old age, sickness and disablement, and in other cases of undeserved want.

Debate Summary

Article 41 (Draft Article 32) aims to secure work, education and public assistance rights for persons in cases of unemployment, old age, sickness, disablement, and undeserved want.


The Draft Article was debated on 23 November 1948. One member moved an amendment to include ‘medical relief’ among the other social amenities. He also urged to rephrase ‘undeserved want’ to ‘deserving relief’. Another member responded by pointing out that the right to medical relief is already provided for under Draft Article 38 (Article 47, Constitution of India). It would be unnecessary to repeat it in this Draft Article.


The Assembly adopted this article on 23 November 1948 without amendments.