On 22 March 2021, Lok Sabha passed the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi ( GNCTD Amendment ) Bill 2021, which makes the ”Lieutenant Governor” The government of the national capital. What is the GNCTD Act? In this article, we will be discussing the detailed history of the GNCTD Act and all important information related to it.
What is GNCTD Act?
In the year 1991, the GNCTD Act was enacted which made Delhi or union territory within the assembly with ”limited legislative powers”. But the new GNCTD Act Amendment Bill 2021 clearly states that the “government” in Delhi means the “Lieutenant Governor”. This act made it mandatory for the Delhi government to take the opinion of the L-G before any executive action.
Why GNCTD Act Amendment Bill 2021?
According to the Union Minister of State for Home, G Kishan Reddy the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Amendment Bill, 2021, was necessary because there was a lot of ambiguity in certain issues related to the Delhi government‘s functioning. ”The Lieutenant Governor has all the right to know the day-to-day affairs being an administrator. We have not snatched any power from the Delhi government nor we have given any additional power to the L-G” said G Kishan Reddy. As per the bill, the Delhi government will have to obtain the opinion of the Lieutenant Governor before implementing any policy decision.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote his opinion on this bill saying “RS passes GNCTD amendment Bill. Sad day for Indian democracy. We will continue our struggle to restore power to people. Whatever be the obstacles, we will continue doing good work. Work will neither stop nor slow down.”