This year on the occasion of the 75th Independence Day celebrations held at the Supreme Court lawns, Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana lamented the “sorry state of affairs” of lawmaking and parliamentary debate in the country.
The uncouth dance of democracy, choreographed against the backdrop of Pegasus and the demand for scrapping farm laws, was rehearsed while throwing the rule book at the Chair and finally executed, in protest against the passage of the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill, 2021.
The constitutional amendment took away states' power to declare Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) for grant of quota in jobs and admissions. The verdict essentially vested sole power with the Centre to identify the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) list.
The Centre moved the law by which government-owned general insurance companies need not have 51 per cent capital held by the Union. This will allow government to sell larger stakes in National Insurance, the New India Assurance, the Oriental Insurance and the United India Insurance.
The plea in Supreme Court seeks guidelines to the government for creating rules for defining a strict time-frame and should be followed by the speaker of a State Legislative Assembly and by the Chairman of the state Legislative Council.