Here’s How the NCT Bill 2021 Infringes on Rights of Delhi Citizens
The Big StoryMarch 25, 2021
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Here’s How the NCT Bill 2021 Infringes on Rights of Delhi Citizens

At a time in India, when a human rights watchdog has downgraded our country as only “partly free”, the recent amendments to the National Capital Territory of Delhi Act or NCT, may just rub more salt in our wounds being a called “electoral autocracy”.

The NCT Bill, 2021, introduced in the Lok Sabha last week and passed by the Rajya Sabha today, unilaterally gives discretionary powers to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi on everyday actions and dilutes the powers of the elected Delhi government.

The amendment will now force the Delhi government to take the advice of the L-G before implementing any Cabinet decision on matters that are within its jurisdiction.

However, the NCT Bill does more than just give powers to the L-G. It also completely upends a 2018 Supreme Court judgment, which addressed this very power tussle between the Union of India and the Delhi government.

Soon after the passage of the amendment bill in the Rajya Sabha, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted saying that it was a "sad day" for democracy and stressed that his struggle to restore power back to the people would continue.

In today’s episode, we will go through what exactly led to the tussle between the two sides, what the Supreme Court 2018 judgment was and what do the new amendments state?

Host and Producer: Himmat Shaligram
Guest: Indira Jaising, noted human rights lawyers and senior advocate at the Supreme Court of India.
Editor: Shelly Walia

Music: Big Bang Fuzz

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