Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019 has been passed by the Parliament with Rajya Sabha approving it on Tuesday. The Bill was earlier passed in Lok Sabha on August 2, 2019.
It seeks to make apolitical the trust that runs Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial by removing the clause pertaining to the President of INC as a permanent member of the trust. The Bill also amends to include the Leader of Opposition recognised as such in the House of the People (Lok Sabha) or where there is no such Leader of Opposition, then the Leader of the single largest Opposition Party in that House as a member of the trust.
The Bill also amends that a nominated trustee may be terminated before the expiry of the period of five years by the Central Government.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (IC), Prahlad Singh Patel said that this year Jalliawalan Bagh massacre has completed its 100th anniversary and after 100 years, it is necessary to build Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial as National Memorial in true sense. These amendments will make this Memorial a National Monument in true spirit.