New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday gave his assent to the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Act, 2021 (NCT). The Bill was passed in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday following a walkout by Congress, AAP and other opposition parties.
The Bill amended the National Capital Territory of Delhi Act, 1991. As per the new amendment, the expression “Government” referred to in any law to be made by the Legislative Assembly shall mean the Lieutenant Governor.
The Act aims to redefine the relationship between the elected government and the Lieutenant Governor, reducing the autonomy of the elected government. The Centre wanted to bring the national capital at par with the other Union Territories with the introduction of the Act.
The Bill was introduced on Monday (March 15) in the Lok Sabha by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy.
The excerpt of the Bill read, ”In order to give effect to the interpretation made by the Supreme Court, a Bill, namely, the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021 seeks, inter alia, to clarify the expression ‘Government’ which in the context of legislation to be passed by the Legislative Assembly of Delhi, shall mean the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, consistent with the status of Delhi as a Union Territory to address the ambiguities in the interpretation of the legislative provisions.