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President Murmu grants assent to National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, Digital Personal Data Protection Bill

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President Droupadi Murmu has granted assent to the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2023 (DPDP Bill) after it was passed by both Houses of Parliament. The DPDP Bill was passed unanimously by Rajya Sabha on the 9th of August while Lok Sabha passed the Bill on the 7th of August by voice vote.

The Bill aims to manage digital personal data by balancing individuals’ right to safeguard their data with the need to lawfully process such data for relevant purposes.

According to the Bill, a person may process the personal data of an individual for a lawful purpose on the basis of their consent and for certain legitimate uses.

The Bill has a provision to set up the Data Protection Board of India. Earlier, the Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said, the legislation is intended to protect the digital personal data of 140 crore Indians.
He said, around 90 crore people of India are connected with the internet and this Bill has been brought for the protection of security and privacy of the people in this digital world.
The President also granted assent to the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill 2023. The Bill amended the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Act 1991.

It empowers the Central Government to make rules in connection with the affairs of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi including the functions, terms and other conditions of service of officers and employees.

It also has a provision of constitution of the National Capital Civil Service Authority. The authority consists of the Delhi Chief Minister, the Chief Secretary of Delhi, and the Principal Home Secretary of Delhi. 

The Authority will make recommendations to Delhi Lieutenant Governor regarding transfers and postings of officials and disciplinary matters. The Centre had brought an ordinance in this regard in May this year.

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