Ordinance passed by the Uttar Pradesh Government to recover damages of protests
On March 16, 2020, the Uttar Pradesh Government passed ordinance, “Recovery of Damages to public and private property ordinance, 2020”. The ordinance aims to deal with violent acts and control its persistence. It will also provide recovery of public and private property damages.
In December 2019, the Government of India passed the Citizenship Amendment Act. The act provides citizenship only to non-Muslim refugees. The protestors are of the opinion that the act is discriminating against Muslims in the country.
The Governor of a state has powers to pass ordinance under Article 213. The Governor under the article has powers to promulgate an ordinance without permission of the President. The ordinance shall be promulgated only when both legislative assembly and legislative council are not in session.
The Governor also has powers to withdraw the ordinance. The ordinance has to be passed by the legislative assembly as it commences after the passage of the ordinance. If not passed, the ordinance will cease to exist within 6 weeks of the commencement of the ordinance. The assembly shall also pass a resolution against the ordinance exhibiting its disagreement.