The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Act of 2021 came into effect on 27th April 2021. The GNCTD act was passed by the Parliament during the budget session 2021. The GNCTD act gives more power to Lieutenant Governor.

Provisions

  • The GNCTD act proposed that the word “Government” in National Capital Territory of Delhi meant the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi.
  • GNCTD provides discretionary powers to the Lieutenant Governor even in matters where the Delhi Legislature is empowered to make laws.
  • GNCTD seeks to ensure that the Lieutenant Governor is granted an opportunity to give his opinion before a decision made by the Council of Ministers is implemented.
  • The Lieutenant Governor opinion should be obtained before the Delhi Government takes action based on decisions taken by the Cabinet.
  • It bars the Legislative Assembly (LA) of Delhi from making rules related to day-to-day administration.

Administration in Delhi

The NCR is administered with a legislature that came in to existence in the year 1991. The Delhi Legislature was constituted under Article 239AA of the Indian Constitution. By law, the Delhi Legislature has all powers to make laws in matters except public order, land and police.

Concerns

The law will take away the autonomy of the Delhi Government.

SC on Delhi Legislative Assembly

  • In the year 2018, the Supreme Court pronounced that the LG’s concurrence is not required on issues other than police, land and public order.
  • The Supreme Court had also said that the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi is not like a Governor in other states. He is an administrator.

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