Delhi Full Statehood Issue

Centre notifies GNCT Act that gives more powers to Delhi L-G


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Article 239AA

Mains level : Paper 2- GNCT of Delhi Amendment Act notified by the Centre

GNCT Act comes into effect

  • The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued a gazette notification stating that the provisions of the Government of National Capital Territory (GNCT) of Delhi (Amendment) Act, 2021, would be deemed to have come into effect from April 27.
  • The Act defines the responsibilities of the elected government and the L-G along with the “constitutional scheme of governance of the NCT” interpreted by the Supreme Court in recent judgements regarding the division of powers between the two entities.

What the Amendment seeks to achieve

  • The Act will clarify the expression Government and address ambiguities in legislative provisions.
  • It will also seek to ensure that the L-G is “necessarily granted an opportunity” to exercise powers entrusted to him under proviso to clause (4) of Article 239AA of the Constitution.
  • Clause (4) of Article 239AA provides for a Council of Ministers headed by a Chief Minister for the NCT to “aid and advise the Lieutenant Governor” in the exercise of his functions for matters in which the Legislative Assembly has the power to make laws.
  • Now Act will also provide for rules made by the Legislative Assembly of Delhi to be “consistent with the rules of the House of the People” or the Lok Sabha.

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