On 24th March 2021, The upper house of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) has passed the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill of 2021 . Central Government amends the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Act of 1991 which provides for certain provisions regarding functioning of Legislative Assembly and government of Delhi.

This Amendment bill was passed amid uproar by opposition and walkout by MPs of several parties. The bill was passed in Rajya Sabha by a voice vote. However, opposition asked for division when the government moved bill for consideration. 83 members voted favour while 45 members opposed it. Just before the passage of the bill,  Congress party too walked out. Lower House (Lok Sabha) had passed the Bill on 22nd March, 2021.

Provisions of the Amendment Bill

This Amendment certain powers and responsibilities of Legislative Assembly and Lieutenant Governor (LG). According to the Bill, “government” in Delhi means LG.  It provides that Rules related to procedure and conduct of the business in assembly must be consistent with Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha. The bill prohibits Legislative Assembly from making any rule to enable itself or its Committees to consider matters of day-to-day administration of Delhi or conduct any inquiry into administrative decisions. It makes all such rules made before its enactment void. It also provides that, LG’s opinion must be obtained before taking any executive action on the decisions of Minister or Council of Ministers.  It also requires for Lieutenant Governor to reserve those bills for President which cover any matter outside the purview of powers of Legislative Assembly.

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