Upper House passes Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Trust Bill
On 19 Nov, Rajya Sabha passed the Jalianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment), Bill, 2019 in the ongoing winter session of the Parliament. The session marks the 250th session of the Rajya Sabha . The Bill replaced the Congress president as a member of the trust with the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, or the leader of the single largest Opposition party in case there is absence of no Leader of Opposition.
The Trust was first set up by then Congress president Motilal Nehru in 1920. After independence, the government brought the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Act, 1951, which made then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr. Saifuddin Kitchlew and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad as life-long members.