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Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Act, 2021

  • The Ministry of Home Affairs issued a gazette notification stating that the provisions of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Act, 2021, would be deemed to have come into effect from April 27.
  • The Bill amends the Government of National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi Act, 1991.
  • It provides a framework for the functioning of the Legislative Assembly (LA) and the government of the NCT of Delhi.
  • It amends certain powers and responsibilities of the LA and the Lieutenant Governor (LG).
  • It provides that the term “government” referred to in any law made by the LA will imply LG.
  • It allows the Legislative Assembly to make Rules to regulate the procedure and conduct of business in the Assembly.
  • It provides that such Rules must be consistent with the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Lok Sabha.

            Assent to Bills:

    • The Act requires the LG to reserve certain Bills passed by the LA for the consideration of the President.
    • It requires the LG to also reserve those Bills for the President which incidentally cover any of the matters outside the purview of the powers of the Legislative Assembly
  •   LG’s opinion for executive actions:
    • The Act specifies that all executive action by the government, whether taken on the advice of the Ministers or otherwise, must be taken in the name of the LG.
    • The Bill adds that on certain matters, as specified by the LG, his opinion must be obtained before taking any executive action on the decisions of the Minister/ Council of Ministers.
  • It prohibits the LA from making any rule to enable itself or its Committees to:
    • consider the matters of day-to-day administration of the NCT of Delhi and
    • conduct any inquiry in relation to administrative decisions.
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