Lok Sabha on Friday has passed the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019, despite Congress opposing the bill. The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Act, 1951 aims to upright the National Memorial in remembrance of those killed in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on April 12, 1919. Also, the bill seeks to manage the trust of the memorial. Meanwhile, the Congress has opposed the introduction of the Bill in the lower house.
Lok Sabha passes the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019. pic.twitter.com/P4VrcqxbTv
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As per the 1952 Act, Congress President, Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr. Saifuddin Kitchlew, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the Governor of the State of Punjab, the Chief Minister of the State of Punjab, and three persons nominated by the Central Government, were named as the trustees of the memorial. However, the Prime Minister, the Congress president, Culture Minister, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Punjab Governor, and Punjab CM are the current members of the trustee.
Therefore, the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019 seeks the Congress President to step down from the trustees. Also, in case of there is no leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, the bill aims the leader of the single largest opposition party to be a member of the trustee. Also, the Amendment Bill will allow the Central government to terminate the term of the nominated trustee before the expiry of the period (five years), of his/her term without stating any reason.