NEW DELHI: A new bill seeking to amend the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Act, 1991, has been listed in the legislative agenda for the current parliamentary session, leading to speculation that it may redefine the division of powers between the lieutenant governor and the Delhi government.
As per the listing, GNCTD (Amendment) Bill, 2020, seeks to “bring ease in implementation of certain provisions of the Act”.
GNCTD Bill yet to get Cabinet nod
The GNCTD (Amendment) Bill, 2020, is yet to be taken up by the Union Cabinet for approval, before it can be introduced and considered for passage in Parliament. When contacted, a home ministry official confirmed that the Bill was not taken up in the last Cabinet meeting. However, he did not divulge any details of the amendments proposed in the Bill.
Sources close to AAP wondered if the Bill is yet another attempt by the Centre to give sweeping powers to the Delhi LG while curtailing those of the elected government.
The Supreme Court had in February last year delivered a split judgment on the tussle between the LG and Delhi government on the regulation of services in the national capital. While the bench comprising Justice A K Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan agreed on the Centre having control over the anti-corruption branch (ACB) in Delhi, it had a difference in opinion on jurisdiction over ‘services’ following which the issue was referred to a larger bench.

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