Law giving Delhi L-G more powers comes into force

Law giving Delhi L-G more powers comes into force

Delhi Lieutenant-Governor. File photo

Mukesh Ranjan

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 28

The Centre has notified a new law cleared during the recent Budget session of Parliament that gives primacy to the Delhi Lieutenant-Governor over the elected government in the city.

The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Act, 2021, comes into force from April 27, according to a notification issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

The amended law signifies the “government” in Delhi means the “Lieutenant Governor”. It mentions that the L-G’s opinion “shall be obtained” on all such matters as may be specified by the L-G before taking any executive action on decisions of the council of ministers of the Delhi Government.

Power Tussle

  • Govt will now have to seek L-G’s opinion before any executive decision
  • Prohibits govt from any probe in relation to administrative decisions
  • Comes at a time when Centre, Delhi Govt are fighting over Covid mess

The new law amends the GNCT of Delhi Act, 1991, a legislation that provides framework for functioning of the Delhi Legislative Assembly and redefines the Delhi Government as the L-G. It curbs the Assembly’s power to conduct proceedings as per rules of procedure made by it. It provides that the rules made by the Assembly to regulate the procedure and conduct of business in the House must be consistent with the rules in the Lok Sabha.

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