New Bill on powers of Delhi govt., L-G soon - The Hindu -16-09-2020

The National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2020, proposes to clearly spell out the functions of the Council of Ministers and the Lieutenant-Governor by giving more discretionary powers to the L-G.

According to changes proposed in the new Act, the L-G could act in his discretion on any matter that is beyond the purview of the powers of the Assembly of Delhi in matters related to the All India (Civil) Services and the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB).

It will also give more teeth to the L-G, and the validity of any decision taken as per such discretion shall not be questioned.

Point to be Noted:

The Union Territory of Delhi with a Legislative Assembly came into being in 1991 under Article 239AA inserted by the ‘Constitution (Sixty-ninth Amendment) Act, 1991’.

It said that the UT of Delhi shall be called the National Capital Territory of Delhi, and the administrator thereof appointed under Article 239 shall be designated as the Lieutenant-Governor.

According to the existing Act, the Legislative Assembly of Delhi has the power to make laws in all matters except public order, police, and land.

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