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Bill to replace Cong nominee in Jallianwala trust with leader of single largest oppn party okayed

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The government on Thursday approved a proposal to replace member in a trust that runs the National Memorial with of the single-largest in the to make the body "apolitical".

The move will require amendment to the National Memorial Act, 1951. An amendment bill could be brought in Parliament in the winter session beginning December 11.

Briefing reporters on the decisions taken by the Thursday, said the trust is perhaps the only government body where a member is from one political party.

He said it was "unfair" that only one political party was represented in the trust.

"The decision aims to suitably amend the National Memorial Act, 1951 so as to secure representation as trustees, the of Opposition recognised as such in the House of the People (Lok Sabha), or where there is no such of Opposition, then the Leader of the single largest in the House," an official statement said.

In the existing Act, there is a provision for representation of a single national political party.

"Deletion of the party specific member from the Trust will make it apolitical. The proposed amendment ensures representation of the in the trust. The proposed amendment will empower the government to terminate and replace a to participate in functioning of the Trust or for any other reason," the statement said.

As of now, the trust which manages the memorial, has the as the chairperson, of Indian National Congress, Culture Minister, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, governor, CM as its members.

Virendra Kataria, Ambika Soni and Harvendra Singh Hanspal are nominated trustees appointed in 2013 for five years, according to the website.

In the present Lok Sabha, there is no leader of the opposition.

was established in 1951 by the central government to commemorate the massacre by the British of peaceful celebrators including unarmed women and children, on the occasion of the Punjabi New Year on April 13, 1919.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 22:35 IST