Now LG will be the boss of Delhi! Know everything about the GNCTD bill passed in Rajya Sabha - Newztezz Online


Thursday, March 25, 2021

Now LG will be the boss of Delhi! Know everything about the GNCTD bill passed in Rajya Sabha

Who is the boss of Delhi? 
CM or LG? Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal or Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal? After a long time of rar and wrangling, finally the GNCTD bill was passed in the Upper House of Parliament as well. GNCTD means Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Ammendment) Bill i.e. Delhi National Capital Territory Governance Amendment Bill.

The bill, which proposed to increase the authority of the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi and give them special powers, was passed in the Lok Sabha on March 22 amid objections. In the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, not only the Aam Aadmi Party, but other parties of the opposition were also opposing this bill. The bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha late in the evening despite the uproar and debate. Now after completing some formalities, this bill will take the form of law.

What is GNCTD Bill?

The Delhi National Capital Territory Governance Amendment Bill 2021 proposes to increase certain powers of the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi (LG). The Bill has ensured that the Lieutenant Governor can be given the opportunity to exercise the power entrusted to him under clause 4 of article 239A of the Constitution.

Due to this new bill, LG of Delhi is going to get many big powers in the state government. It is clearly written in this bill that 'government' in Delhi means LG and not Delhi Assembly or Chief Minister. LG's consent will be necessary on all laws passed by the Legislative Assembly.

Why is Delhi government opposed to the bill?

Section 24 of the new bill states that all the bills passed in the Delhi Legislative Assembly will have to be sent to LG for approval. LG can also agree on this, or stop that bill or send it to the President to look into it.

On July 23, 2014 and May 21, 2015, the Union Home Ministry gave special powers to LG, citing Section 239A of the Constitution Amendment Act 1991. It said that instruct the LG Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) not to take any action on the central employees. LG was also empowered to appoint bureaucrats in Delhi.

The BJP has welcomed this bill, while the Aam Aadmi Party has always been alleging that through this bill the BJP wants to rule in Delhi from the back door.

Section 239AA: Root of protest between Delhi government and Center

The root of the protest between the Central Government and the Delhi Government is Section 239AA. According to this section, the central government has the right to take decisions related to government orders, land and police in Delhi or to make laws related to it. Apart from this, the Delhi government is free to do any legislative work or take decisions related to it. According to Section 239AA, the law and order of Delhi comes under the LG i.e. Lieutenant Governor and the work of ACB is also like the police, so it is also under LG.

First the High Court then went to the Supreme Court

The Delhi government approached the Delhi High Court in 2015 against this decision of the Center. A year later, the High Court said in the order that the LG has authority over the administration related work in Delhi. Then a month later, when the then LG Najeeb Jung resigned, former IAS officer Anil Baijal was appointed LG in 2016.

In the year 2017, the Delhi government took the matter to the Supreme Court and it was heard before the Constitutional Bench. In 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that the Delhi government does not have to seek LG's consent in day-to-day government work.

Arvind Kejriwal said - Today is the sad day of democracy

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday that it is a 'sad day' for democracy. He said that he would continue to struggle to reassign power to the people. He tweeted, "The Rajya Sabha passed the GNCTD Bill. Sad day for Indian democracy. Will continue to struggle to reassign power to the people. Whatever will come in the way, we will keep doing good work. Work will not stop, neither will it slow down. "

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