Topic: Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
3) Discuss the impact of the recent SC ruling, on the Delhi-Centre relationship. (250 words)
Why this question
After a protracted and ugly tussle between the centre and the NCT of India, the SC has finally given its decision regarding the distribution of powers between the centre and Delhi.
The issue is related to GS-2 syllabus under the following heading
Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to write in detail about the legal provisions governing the Delhi-Centre relationship, how they have been interpreted by the SC in its recent judgement and its effect on the hitherto relation between the two.
Discuss- This is an all-encompassing directive which directs us to write in detail about the key demand of the question- how the SC judgement affects the Delhi-Centre relationship.
Structure of the answer
Introduction- Write in 2-3 lines about the legal and constitutional provisions governing the Delhi-centre relationship- article 239 ,239AA; 69th amendment etc.
- Discuss the SC judgement in detail. E.g LG has no independent decision-making power, LG and the CM are constitutional functionaries and must work harmoniously; law and order, land and not under the domain of NCT; LG must be informed but cannot stall all the decisions of council of ministers etc.
- Discuss the implications of the decision on the relationship. E.g no more conflict; clear demarcation of powers of the LG etc.
Conclusion- Form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the above issue based on your discussion.