Delhi as State – Critical Evaluation
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|Delhi as State – Critical Evaluation|
- 69th Amendment 1991 created the Legislative Assembly of Delhi. Today, there are nearly two crore people in Delhi. It will be unfair to have restricted power to such popular mandate.
- It would also provide equal right of people for representation and self- governance.
- UN report projects that Delhi urban agglomeration will make it the most populous city in the world by 2028.
- An elected government representing a massive population need to have a say in law and order and land management.
- Statehood would resolve the of issue of coordination and frequent tussle between CENTRAL GOVERNMENT and Delhi government.
- Demand for full statehood has not been a national compulsion, but a call fuelled by Delhi’s local political interest and ambitions.
- Delhi is the national capital and must necessarily be viewed from the prism of the interests of the entire country.
- Delhi harbours institutions of national importance such as the president’s estate, the Parliament and foreign embassies. Special security cover and close coordination is essential for protection of these infrastructures.
- These institutions are the sole responsibility of the Union Government and not of any one particular state legislative assembly.
- India’s national capital belongs to every citizen of the country and not just those who reside in the city.
- Administrative burden over Delhi government would be enormous such as civic amenities, law and order, finances etc.
- Overlapping jurisdictions in a national capital is inbuilt and constitutional entities have to manage this reality.
- Provide greater autonomy and reasonably robust fairer power-sharing arrangements among different constituents.
- Governance restructuring would need to be done in a manner that accountability in relation to specific functions falls squarely on a single organisation/individual.
- Delhi should demand the urgent revision of the existing constitutional provisions (i.e. 69th Amendment, Article 239) and Rules of Business.