The Union territory of Arunachal Pradesh
is at present administered
through a Chief Commissioner. It has a Pradesh Council, consisting
mostly of representatives of Zila Parishads, which functions as an
advisory body on important matters relating to the administration of
the Union territory. Some members of the Pradesh Council are
associated with the Chief Commissioner
in the day-to-day
administration as Counsellors. It is proposed to replace the Pradesh
Council by a Legislative Assembly and the Counsellors by a Council of
Ministers, as in certain other Union territories specified in article
239A of the Constitution. The Bill, therefore, seeks
Arunachal Pradesh in that article.
2. Under article 240 of the Constitution,
the President is empowered
to make regulations for the Union territory of Arunchal Pradesh. With
the Constitution of a Legislative Assembly for the Union territory, it
is proposed to provide that, as in the case of other Union territories
with Legislatures, this power may be exercised only when the Assembly
is either dissolved or its functioning remains suspended. The Bill
seeks to amend article 240 also to achieve this object.
K. BRAHMANANDA REDDY.
The 19th March, 1975.
THE CONSTITUTION (THIRTY-SEVENTH AMENDMENT) ACT, 1975
[3rd May, 1975.]
An Act further to amend the Constitution of India.
BE it enacted by Parliament in the Twenty-sixth
Year of the Republic
of India as follows:-
1. Short title.-This
Act may be called the
(Thirty-seventh Amendment) Act, 1975.
2. Amendment of article 239A.-In article 239A
of the Constitution, in
clause (1), for the words "Pondicherry and
Mizoram", the words
"Pondicherry, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh" shall be substituted.
3. Amendment of article 240.-In article
240 of the Constitution, in
clause (1), in both the provisos, for the words
Mizoram", the words "Pondicherry, Mizoram or Arunachal Pradesh" shall