Delhi : While the national capital Delhi has been
severely affected by the raging second
wave of COVID-19 cases, the Centre notified the Government of National Capital
Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Act, 2021, (GNCTD) on Wednesday which grants more power to the Lieutenant
Governor (L-G) over the elected government of New Delhi.
The decision was made by the Ministry of
Home Affairs (MHA) and said that the
provisions of the GNCTD ACT will be practised from 27th of April .
According to the new legislation passed
by the Parliament during the Budget Session, the "government" in the
national capital now means the "Lieutenant Governor" and the AAP
government will now have to consider the opinion of the
Lieutenant-Governor before executing any
decision in Delhi.
Parliament had passed the Bill by the end of
March, Lok Sabha passed it on March 22nd and the upper house, Rajya
Sabha passed it on March 24th. There were significant protests by
the opposition leaders in both the houses. After receiving the green signal
from the Parliament, the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind had given
affirmation to the controversial law on March 28th.
AAP leader and the Chief Minister of New
Delhi, Mr.Arvind Kejriwal had stated earlier,
that the day the bill will be implemented will be a sad day for Indian
democracy. He went on to state that the law is an insult to the citizens of New Delhi who voted for the Aam Aadmi
party government and that it takes away
powers from those who were elected and gives them to the undeserving ones.
In exercise of the various authorities
conferred by sub-section (2) of section 1 of the Government of National Capital
Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Act 2021, the Central Government will appoint
the governor as the date on which the provisions of the Act shall come into
force," the notification by MHA stated.
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday had
expressed its displeasure on the mismanagement and failure of the Delhi
Government in handling the situation in the capital. The court had also stated
that the health system of Delhi had collapsed and held the Delhi government responsible
The Delhi government will now have to seek
the permission of the Lieutenant-Governor, Anil Baijal for making any executive decisions in Delhi.