President gives assent to Bill that says government in Delhi
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NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday gave his assent to the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Act, 2021, which provides extra energy to the lieutenant governor over the elected authorities.
The Act now mentions that “the expression “authorities” referred to in any law to be made by the legislative assembly shall mean the lieutenant governor”. The GNCTD (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was handed in Lok Sabha on Monday and in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday amid ruckus by the Opposition members.
The central authorities introduced the presidential assent by a gazette notification. The Bill sought to make adjustments in Section 33 in order that the “legislative assembly shall not make any rule to enable itself or its committees to consider the matters of day-to-day administration of the capital or conduct inquiries in relation to the administrative decisions”.
Also, now the LG’s opinion will likely be required earlier than taking “any executive action in pursuance of the decision of the council of ministers or a minister, to exercise powers of the government, state government, appropriate government, lieutenant governor, administrator or chief commissioner, as the case may be, under any law in force in the capital”.
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had tweeted on Wednesday: “RS passes GNCTD Amendment Bill. Sad day for Indian democracy. We will continue our struggle to restore power back to people. Whatever be the obstacles, we will continue doing good work. Work will neither stop nor slow down.” On Sunday, Kejriwal thanked Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan “for supporting the people of Delhi against BJP’s assault on democracy and federalism” after the latter tweeted that the Bill was “an affront to our federal principles and rights of states”.
Though Aam Aadmi Party had vehemently opposed the Bill, it could not be reached for feedback on Sunday.
Union Minister G Kishan Reddy had stated the amendments would result in transparency and readability in governance in Delhi and improve public accountability. Explaining the rationale behind the Bill, he added that the amendments had been delivered to take away ambiguities within the present Act. He burdened that adjustments within the legislation had been sought within the spirit of what was stated in a Supreme Court judgment.
Reddy stated there was no political angle and the amendments have been on “technical” grounds. “The Bill doesn’t curtail in any method the powers loved by Delhi authorities which can be already supplied within the Constitution,” he had added.

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