President Droupadi Murmu Approves Enactment of Delhi Services Bill

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This Marks a Significant Shift in the Governance Structure of Delhi

President of India- Droupadi Murmu

NEW-DELHI: In a Significant Development, President Droupadi Murmu has given her approval to the Delhi Services Bill, officially transforming it into law. The Government of India's notification has conveyed the implementation of the 'Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Act 2023.' The bill, which had previously garnered parliamentary approval on August 7, marks a significant shift in the governance structure of Delhi.

The Crucial legislative amendment, known as the 'Delhi National Capital Territory of Delhi Governance Amendment Bill 2023,' received affirmative votes in both houses of Parliament. The Rajya Sabha, the upper house, approved the bill with 131 votes in favor, opposing 102 votes. The Lok Sabha, the lower house, had passed the bill on August 3, setting the stage for this pivotal legislative change.

This Newly enacted legislation, titled the 'National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Act, 2023,' is set to come into effect from May 19, 2023. Among its provisions, the amendment introduces key modifications to section 2(e) of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Act, 1991. This amendment formally defines the term "Lieutenant Governor" as the Administrator appointed under Article 239 of the Constitution for the National Capital Territory of Delhi, appointed by the President to serve as Lieutenant Governor.

A Significant aspect of this bill is the proposal to centralize certain actions, including the suspension and investigation of officials within the national capital, under the control of the Central government. The bill's introduction into Parliament on August 1 was met with vigorous discussions and debates, as opposition parties expressed their concerns. The backdrop of the ongoing upheaval surrounding the Manipur violence added to the intense parliamentary discourse. Despite opposition from various quarters, the bill ultimately secured the necessary parliamentary support to be enacted into law.