Topic: GS2 – Indian polity.
- The Supreme Court expressed displeasure over Governors withholding key Bills, especially in non-BJP-ruled states like Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Telangana.
- The court criticized the practice of State governments having to approach the Supreme Court for judicial intervention to push forward these Bills.
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- Chief Justice of India D.Y. Chandrachud, leading a three-judge Bench, emphasized the need for Governors and Chief Ministers to resolve such matters without court intervention.
- The Chief Justice urged everyone, including Governors and Chief Ministers, to engage in self-reflection and emphasized that Governors are not elected by the people.
- The case in question involves a petition filed by the Punjab government, alleging that the Governor had delayed the approval of seven crucial Bills related to fiscal matters and state-affiliated colleges.
Impact of delaying the bills by State Governors:
- Delaying key bills by State Governors hampers the legislative process.
- It can lead to uncertainty and impede government initiatives.
- Delays may affect the functioning of state programs and policies.
- It can result in disputes and legal challenges, necessitating Supreme Court intervention.
- The delay may also hinder economic and social development within the state.
- Governors are appointed, not elected, and should consider the democratic process and constitutional roles.
Question: Critically examine the impact of delaying bills by State Governors on the functioning of the state government and the lives of its citizens. Suggest measures to ensure timely assent to bills passed by the legislature.