Delhi Full Statehood Issue

New Bill on powers of Delhi government, Lieutenant Governor


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Art. 239AA

Mains level: Special provisions for NCT

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is likely to introduce legislation in the ongoing Parliament session to amend a 1991 Act pertaining to the powers and function of the Delhi government and the Lieutenant Governor.

Try this PYQ:

Q. Consider the following statements

  1. Union territories are not represented in the Rajya Sabha.
  2. It is within the purview of the Chief Election Commissioner to adjudicate the election disputes.
  3. According to the constitution of India, the Parliament consists of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha only.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

(a) Only 1

(b) 2 and 3

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) None

Key propositions of the Bill

  • The Bill proposes to clearly spell out the functions of the Council of Ministers and the Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) by giving more discretionary powers to the L-G.
  • As per the Bill, the L-G could act in his discretion in any matter that is beyond the purview of the powers of the Legislative Assembly of Delhi in matters related to the All India (Civil) Services and the Anti Corruption Branch.
  • 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.

Back2Basics: Special provisions for New Delhi

  • The Union Territory of Delhi with a Legislative Assembly came into being in 1991 under Article 239AA of the Constitution 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.
  • 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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