Delhi’s administration as the tail wagging the dog ( The Hindu, GS-2)

The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was introduced to amends the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Act, 1991.

  • Restriction on laws passed by the Assembly: The Bill provides that the term “government” referred to in any law made by the Legislative Assembly will imply Lieutenant Governor (LG). 
  • Rules of Procedure of the Assembly:  Rules, made by legislature, must be consistent with the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Lok Sabha.
  • Inquiry by the Assembly into administrative decisions: The Bill prohibits the Legislative Assembly from making any rule to enable itself or its Committees. The Bill provides that all such rules made before its enactment will be void.
  • Assent to Bills: LG to reserve certain Bills passed by the Legislative Assembly for the consideration of the President. 
  • LG’s opinion for executive actions: all executive action by the government must be taken in the name of the LG. (From PRS India)

Issues in Bill:

  • Government of Delhi will act as a vestigial organ.
  • Lieutenant governor will have all the powers.
  • All actions are in the name of L.G.
  • Assembly can’t make its own rules if found inconsistent then, rules will be null and void.
  • Going back to the era where we have started.

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