Delegated Legislation in India: Analysis and Overview (2023)

This article was written byAmanat Raza, a law student at Aligarh Muslim University. In this article he discussed the concept of delegated legislation, its benefits, types and reasons for its development.


In the field of legal theory, delegated legislation is one of the most controversial issues because of its multiple implications. Indian democracy is said to rest on the famous four pillars: the legislature, the executive, the judiciary and the press. These pillars are constitutionally entitled not to interfere in the affairs of others. According to the Constitution, the legislature has powers to make laws and the executive to execute the laws. Likewise, the judiciary has the power to resolve conflicts and ensure justice. However, it must be remembered that in welfare states the legislature has to perform many functions and it is not an easy task for the legislature to undertake all matters.

In contrast to this increasing legislative activity, legislators cannot find enough time to legislate down to the smallest detail. They were limited to matters of policy, leaving ample room for the executive branch to make rules to fulfill the objectives of the legislature. In such a situation, the system of delegated legislation comes to mind. Therefore, the need to delegate is essential and attempts to justify it with flexibility, adaptability and speed. This delegation is also known as 'derivative law' or 'secondary legislation'. The law that gives the executive the power to legislate is called an "authorizing act" or "parental act." The model of majority rule made authoritarian controls inadequate. The term delegated legislation is difficult to characterize.

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Importance of delegated legislation

'Delegation”, defined byBlack's Dictionary of Lawas an act of delegating authority to a person or enabling him to act on behalf of or to act as an agent or representative of the person who delegated that authority. 'Delegated Legislation"means the exercise of legislative power by a representative holding a lower or subordinate position in that legislature." Delegated legislation, also called subsidiary legislation, is made by a person or body other than Parliament. Parliament may, by Act of Parliament, authorize another person or entity to pass a resolution. An Act of Parliament sets out the scheme of a particular or specific law and usually contains an outline of the purpose of the law. By delegating Parliament's legislation to the executive or a subordinate authority, it allows different people or bodies to incorporate more detailed information into an Act of Parliament. Parliaments. In this sense, Parliament, through substantive legislation (eg Act of Parliament), empowers others to make laws and policies through delegated legislation. The enactment by an authorized person must be made for the reason stated in the Act of Parliament.

Sir John Salmond's Sea:Secondary legislation is that which emanates from a power other than the sovereign power.

justicePB Mukherjeealso commented that delegated legislation was a term that hid much confusion. He saw it as a justification for the legislature, a shield for the executors, and a challenge for the constitutional lawyer.

According to M.P. Jain, this term can be used in two senses:[1]

  • Exercise by an authority subordinate to or of a lower class than the legislature authorized by the legislature.
  • Incidental provisions drawn up by the existing authority in the exercise of the powers assigned to it by the legislator.

Delegated legislation is known as sub-legislative, subsidiary, administrative and quasi-legislative.

History of Delegated Legislation in India.

The historical background of delegation of power can be understood fromCharter Act of 1833when the East India Company regained political influence in India. The Charter Act of 1833 placed administrative powers solely in the hands of the General Board of Governors, which was an official body. He had the power to enact laws and policies to repeal, correct, or modify all laws and policies that applied to all people, regardless of nationality. In 1935 theGovernment of India Ac, 1935was adopted, which contained a serious representation plan. The report of the Committee on Ministerial Powers was presented and confirmed, thus completely settling the matter of the distribution of troops, and the naming of an ordinance deemed inevitable in India.

However, our constitution was based on the separation of powers. A total separation of powers was not realistic, since it preserved the sanctity of principle in the most avant-garde sense. The Indian Constitution does not prohibit the distribution of armed forces. On the other hand, there are some agreements where the employee was transferred to the administrative forces. For example, the executive powers of the president under the Indian constitution should be highlighted. The problem of delegation of law in India arose under British rule when the controversy over the problem was in full swing in the West. In independent India there was conflict over the resolution of the problem of delegation of legislative powersat first sightin a conflict between the English and the American type of solution.

The Constitution of India consists of more than four hundred articles and I would not be surprised if the constitution makers find a solution to this. But why were these provisions written into the Constitution? This is because the politicians of the Constituent Assembly tended to proliferate legislative formalities. These were minor issues that received statutory wording compared to other major constitutional issues that were sidestepped by the Convention and left to future regulation or judicial interpretation. In case thatRainha v. Burah[2] The nature and extent of the legislature's powers and the expediency of its delegation were considered by the Privy Council. The Privy Council held in this case that the Governor-General's Councils were the highest legislative body and had a wide range of powers and were entitled to delegate certain powers to provincial enforcement bodies. Get wellNew Delhi Act of 1912, the Privy Council accepted the transfer of power from the legislature to the executive.

Delegated legislation under the Constitution of India

Although the concept of delegated legislation is not expressly mentioned in the Indian Constitution, it can be understood through interpretationArticle 312.ºthe given constitution. This article empowers the Rajya Sabha to open a new branch of the All India Service by a two-thirds majority. This means that certain legislative powers will be vested in the new All India Services Recruiter. There are many examples by which delegated legislation can be understood under the Constitution of India. These are:

D.S. Grewal v. Punjab-State[3]

Facts:This case challenges the constitutionality of the All India Services Act, 1951. The applicant was appointed to the All India Service and deployed in the state of Punjab. He held the post of Superintendent of Police in several districts but was restored to the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police in August 1957 and transferred to Dharamsala in March 1958. In the same month he was informed that action had been taken against him under Rule 5 of the Service Rules of All India (Discipline and Appeals), 1955. An inquiry committee headed by Shri K.L. Bhudiraja was appointed against him. He then immediately placed an orderArticle 226.ºof the Indian Constitution before the Punjab High Court, challenging the constitutionality of the law and the legality of the investigation against him. The applicant's lawyer submitted six observations.

Assessment:KN Wanchu, then a judge of the Supreme Court, dealt with the power of delegated legislation under Article 312 of the Indian Constitution. As this is a very serious matter, the applicant may be forcibly removed from his duties or dismissed by the central government, that is why the central government has initiated an investigation against him. Article 312 of the Indian Constitution does not say anything to take away the power of delegation.

  • The powers of delegation of India and America are that Congress does not have much power of delegation. However, unlike in England, where Parliament is the top priority, Congress has excessive delegation powers.

Panama Refining Co.[4]

Facts:Section 9(c) of the National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933it gives the President of the United States certain powers to make any order and violation of that order may lead to the establishment of a committee. The President issued the prohibition of executive power issued by the above statute and authorized the Department of Homeland Security to exercise all powers vested in the President under Section 9(c) of the Act. Homeland Security issued an executive order to comply with the President's law enforcement orders. The above section was challenged on the ground that it was an unconstitutional delegation of legislative powers by Congress.

Assessment:The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the presidential delegation of legislative powers is invalid. The court ruled that Congress could delegate powers to the executive branch only under two conditions. First, the statute established these guidelines. Second, you must set the standards and give management the authority to bend the rule within given limits.

Sikkim v.[5]

Facts:After Sikkim became a Union State of India, Directorate of Survey and Settlement, Government of Sikkim created and announced some temporary posts. Like other people, the respondent also applied for the post. They were selected and nominated for various roles. After the investigation was completed, some employees were fired. In 1982, some of the officers who were "non-residents" filed a complaint in the Sikkim High Court challenging the government's decision, asking why it dismissed the officers on the ground that they were non-residents.

Assessment:The judge held that the dismissal of a civil servant merely for absenteeism was illegal under Articles 14 and 16 of the Indian Constitution. All rules and statutes made under the power under section 371F subsection (k) were deemed secondary laws. This article was added to the Constitution by the 36th Amendment.

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Delegated legislation is the transfer of power or authority to someone below you to legislate. So there are many ways in which this excess power can be delegated to people at a lower or higher level. These types are:

  • Orders in Council:This type of delegated legislation can be enacted by Queens or Privy Councils. This delegated legislation allows Parliament to legislate without having to go through parliamentary procedures. Today it is mainly used to give legal force to European directives. If the order is made under the prerogative of the Queen or the Crown, that order is subject to review by the courts. However, the decision issued by Parliament may or may not be subject to judicial review, as this is within the limits set by the Act of Parliament. In both cases, the question may arise as to whether this legislation is equivalent to executive legislation. The answer to this question is yes, it corresponds to the legislative executive branch. There is not much difference between these orders and the executive-legislator, both are almost the same. The meeting of the Privy Council in this case could simply mean a meeting of a few Privy Councils, consisting of three or four Ministers, the President, the Councils, and the Secretary of the Privy Councils. This shows that this order is issued by the Executive, which exercises the powers of the Council.
  • Supreme Court and District Court Rules:By statute, Parliament gives a person or authority the power to make laws for a specific purpose. However, the situation is different in England, where a court has been given extensive legislative powers. This legislative work has been delegated to the Supreme Court Regulatory Commission and the district courts. There is great value in giving the judiciary control over your due process rights, as it will be delivered to the authority who knows better than anyone else. The procedure is determined by the District Court Rules Committee and costs are negotiated by the district courts themselves. Such rules are not subject to parliamentary scrutiny. When did these rules come into effect? It will come into force when confirmed by the Lord Chancellors, subject to the approval of the High Court Rules Committee.
  • Departmental or managerial directives or regulations:Where the power to legislate is vested directly in an administration, such as a council, minister or committee, the exercise of that power results in a delegation by order or regulation of the ministry or the executive. Sometimes very extensive powers are given to senior management or the authorized person. However, this extensive delegation of legislation is not accepted by the judiciary as it is difficult for them to control their administrative actions. This delegated legislation is widely used today. Today only the general drafting of the legislation is in the hands of the Parliament and the rest of the power belongs to the Administrator.
  1. Statutory delegated legislation:It can be granted in two ways: First, it can be granted by laws of autonomous bodies, e.g. B. a corporation, and secondly it may be granted by local authority charter.
    • Statutes of Autonomous Bodies: These autonomous bodies have the power to make laws on matters concerning themselves and other people in that locality or region. For example, they can legislate, such as authorities for public services such as light, water, etc. Usually, these authorities have the power to make rules to regulate how they operate. This statute is subject to judicial review. It can be reviewed to ensure that this should not be the caseUltra Viresthe parents' charter. These autonomous bodies have the power to make their own rules. Another example of such an autonomous body is an employers' association. The rules of these clubs are considered voluntary, but in reality this is not the case. It is fictitious because these rules are binding in their effect on the members, like other rules, such as the rules of a trade association, an industrial organization, etc.
  • Local Government Statute:Parliament has the power to create new local bodies or change the existing body. It gives that body the power to make its own constitution for specific purposes. These authorities are vested with excessive powers in the interest of public health and safety and good governance and governance. Failure to comply with this law will result in penalties.

Many factors account for the rapid growth of delegated legislation today. Due to the radical change in the governance of a country from a 'police state' to a 'welfare state', the role and need for delegated legislation has increased. These factors and reasons for the increase in delegated legislation can be considered as follows:

  • Time pressure in Parliament:The range, scope or horizon of government activity is widening day by day and it is difficult for the Parliament to legislate on every subject as it is busy and has to legislate on different subjects as well. . Parliament is so busy with matters of foreign policy and politics that it does not have much time to legislate in detail. Therefore, it simply formulates the major part of the rule and draft law and hands this legislation to the executive or some of their subordinates to fill in all the details according to the required rules and regulations. It is as if they were gifted with the unique skeleton and the incumbent would have to fill the skeleton with flesh and bones to bring it to life.The Committee on the Power of Ministershe noted that Parliament will not be able to pass the quality of rules and regulations that an individual needs to live happily, or the legislation that a modern public requires, unless it is willing to adopt the power to legislate to delegate the subordinates. [6]
  • Technology in the subjects:As society progresses and evolves, things become more twisted, complex and technical. Therefore, to understand the technical aspects of any subject, the legislator needs a subject matter expert who is well versed in all the details of that subject. It has been observed over the years that some legislators only know about politics and others may know about one or two issues. Therefore, once Parliament's policy on any matter is determined, the matter is handed over to the government department or an authorized person who knows the technical aspects of the matter and has the power to lay down the details.
  • Flexibility:Parliamentary change is very slow and requires the process of any legislation but through the medium of delegated legislation, this can be speedily done with the help of the executive, for example in the case of police regulations, bank charges, imports and exports, exchange, etc. foresees that the workload will be transferred to executives. That is why it is necessary to train the lower body so that this work is done more smoothly and better.
  • Urgent:In any emergency, one must know how to deal with it quickly and without delay. The legislature does not have the power to find an emergency solution to deal with the emergency. Delegated legislation is the only way to resolve this situation. Therefore, in times of need and war, the executive has broad powers to manage this situation. Some examples of representations in England during the First and Second World Wars are:Defence of the Kingdom Act 1914-15,ÖEmergency Power Act, 1920, etc. Similarly, in case of inflation, floods, epidemics, economic depression, etc., immediate remedial measures are required.
  • Experiment:The practice of delegated legislation allows the executive branch to experiment. Because every work is new for the legislator and he has to test whether this law works perfectly or not. This method or approach allows the use of experience and the implementation of necessary changes in the implementation of the provision approved by Parliament. For example, in matters of road transport, an experimental method can be carried out and after its implementation, the necessary changes in the regulations can be made. The advantages of such a course is that it allows the Authority to consult the interests of the people at the grassroots level about the kind of law that affects them and then experiment with changing the regulations.
  • Modern Management Complexity:In the past, modern administration assumed greater responsibility for improving the condition of citizens, for example in employment, health, education, trade regulation, etc., and economic factors repeatedly allowed new forms of legislation and granting extensive powers to various authorities. It is important for a government to grant excessive power to enable socio-economic policies. In a country like Bangladesh, where there may be a need to control private trade, companies or property, it is necessary for the government to delegate too much power to implement such policies.

Therefore, we can say that this delegated legislation is growing rapidly and it is also necessary for a well-functioning country.

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Essentially, this means the limits allowed in a country's constitution within which the legislature, with all its rights, can delegate its rule-making powers to other governing bodies. The purpose of expanding government power is to address socio-economic problems.

  • position in the United States:Delegated legislation is theoretically not allowed in the US Constitution for two reasons. These are, "separation of powers"m"Agent cannot assign."There is no textual reference in the US Constitution that indicates that it delegates its powers from the legislature to the executive branch. The Congress itself was representative. So how can he transfer his powers? The political theory popularized by philosophers such as John Locke and Montesquieu was shaped by the framers of the US Constitution. John Locke said that a legislature cannot transfer or delegate its legislative powers to anyone. He went on to explain that there should be separate legislative and executive branches because when the power to make and execute laws rests with one party, it can be abused and those people use that power to exempt them from that law and make their own to use private advantage. . Hence the doctrine of "delegatus non potest delegate" was given by John Locke and means the same as we explained above.

Another philosopher, Montesquieu, coined the concept of "separation of powers." According to Montesquieu, one person cannot exercise all the three branches of government i.e. judicial, legislative and executive. The legislature should make laws, not enforce or administer them. Likewise, the executive should not interfere with the work of the judiciary and the legislature, and the judiciary should be independent of the executive and the legislature. Everyone has to do their job individually. In America, the legislative power is vested in the Congress, the executive power is vested in the President of the United States, and the judicial power of the United States is vested in the Supreme Court and may also vest in the lower courts. from time to time by order of Congress.

Due to the introduction of separation of powers in the United States, legislative power can only rest in the hands of Congress and not in the hands of any government agency. Furthermore, he argued that the power had been vested in Congress itself by the US Constitution, and therefore could not further delegate its authority. In case that field v., [7] The Supreme Court of America held that the power vested in a department should be exercised exclusively by that department without infringing on the power or domain of any other person. However, in some other Supreme Court cases, it has been observed that non-legislative powers such as regulatory or quasi-legislative powers can be delegated by the legislature to the executive. InWagman v.,[8] Chief Justice Marshall noted that no distinction was made between matters which were important and therefore dealt with by the legislature itself and matters of lesser importance which were left to the executive branch to deal with in the details of the structure of that legislation to fill.

The bottom line about delegated legislation in America, therefore, is that it was not accepted in principle, but in practice the legislature delegated the power to legislate to the executive.

  • UK Location: The doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty is at the heart of the British Constitution. In England Parliament is supreme and there is no constitutional restriction on Parliament. In addition, the Parliament in England has extensive powers to delegate its legislative powers to the executive or other dependent bodies. The Ministerial Powers Committee also refers to the Donoughmore Committee, which published a report in which a famous barrister in England, Sir Cecil Carr, cited about three pieces of legislation. These are the following:
  • The first and smallest part assumes the Crown within the limits of its prerogatives.
  • The second and most important part is done by the king in parliament and consists of parliamentary acts.
  • The third and most extensive part is a body in which the king entrusts legislative power to Parliament.

Sir Cecil Carr also stated that the truth is that if Parliament is unwilling to delegate legislative powers, Parliament will not be able to provide the quality and type of legislation that the modern public wants.

  • Location in India:The status and constitutionality of delegated legislation in India can be seen in many cases. It is divided into two phases i.e. H. pre-independence or we can say pre-independence and post-independence.
  • before independence: EmRainha v. Burah, only conditional legislation has been ratified by the Privy Council and therefore delegated legislation is not permissible by its logic. The administration of civil and criminal justice in a district may be vested in officers appointed from time to time by the Lieutenant-Commander.

The Privy Council stated that it would be better to seek the assistance of the lower authority in making the rules and regulations which should form part of the law and the essential legislative features given to the legislature only by the constitution to be delegated to another body. . He also referred to the substantive legislative function, which includes the determination of legislative policy.

EmRei v. Benori Lal Sharma,The legal requirement was again applied by the Privy Council, as in his caseRainha v. Burah.In this case, the validity of the emergency order issued by the Governor General of India was challengedincluding.It was challenged on the grounds that it was taking power from the provincial government. It created special criminal courts for certain types of crimes, but the jurisdiction to decide a court rests solely with the provincial government. The Judiciary Committee noted that this is not delegated legislation. The Privy Council also believed that this is an example of an unusual legislative power, where the local application of state regulations, where necessary, is determined by the local administrative authority.

  • After Independence:The Constitution of India does not provide the same attitude to delegation of legislative powers as the eminent British Parliament, and also the extent to which delegation is permitted must be adopted as a matter of design in India by the express provisions of the Indian Constitution. An exhaustive right of delegation cannot be said to be inherited by the legislature itself.

not validRaj Narain Singh v. Chairman, Patna Aviation Management Committee,[9] The Supreme Court of India upheld the delegation of powers delegated by the legislature to the executive.

Lachmi Narain v. Union of India[10]

Facts:The central government exercises the powers assigned to itSection 2 of the Partial State (Acts) Act, 1950;which extended the Bengal Finance (Sales Tax) Act, 1941 to the Delhi Contracting State with certain modificationsSection 6through notification. The sales tax granted on several goods was exempted by several notifications but the exemption was later revoked by another notification. Merchants selling these goods dispute the validity of this acquisition.

Assessment:In that case, it was held that the notification issued by the Central Government was in excess of the powers conferred on it by Section 2 of the Union Territories (Laws) Act, 1950 and that, therefore, any notification issued by the Central government was invalid and ineffective.

The benefits of delegated legislation are many as it is vital for a democratic country to thrive or create laws that serve its public. These advantages are the following:

  • Reducing Parliament's workload:Parliament has to pass several laws in the short time of its existence. He must be so labor intensive that he can hardly apply the legal provisions in detail. If Parliament spends its time enacting small and minor details of all legislation and making all the necessary rules for that legislation, it will take a long time, and in that time it will deal in detail with only a small part of the law. It is a long and time-consuming process and conducting the parliamentary process is also expensive. There is no reaction to the increasing legislative requirements. Then there is a need to overcome this burden, and this will only be possible through the delegation of legislative powers to subsidiaries or executives. Empowered authorities, where an expert resides, are in the best position to legislate and serve the needs of the community. This saves a lot of time in Parliament as it enables members to create small items or make quick changes to them.
  • Technical expertise:Today's world has become very technical and complex with the introduction of modern media and the advancement of technology. Therefore, it is necessary for proxies to know all domains, but one cannot master all domains. Therefore, it is difficult for parliamentarians to have all the necessary knowledge to legislate in various areas such as controlling technology, ensuring environmental safety, and dealing with various industrial issues that require basic knowledge. Furthermore, Parliament is not a forum that can legislate on administrative and technical details, but rather deals with social issues and the rule of law. For this reason, it is believed that it is better for Parliament to discuss the general topic or main question, leaving the rest of the details to the specialist in the particular field. Therefore, authorized authorities with additional skills, experience and knowledge are better suited to legislate.
  • Decentralized decision-making:Local councils are best placed to legislate for their constituencies because they know the situation in their constituencies better than anyone else. Can these local bodies create better laws for their area that a parliament cannot because they know what local people need and want? And it is very important to know the person for whom we are legislating. Parliament legislates according to broad authority, while its representative deals with local authority. This separation of powers helps the legislature function properly.
  • Emergency situations:Delegated legislation allows for quick action in an emergency, but Parliament takes too long to make a decision. You have to call a meeting and then the MP discusses the urgent matter. And if after that all had come to the conclusion, then only this act would have been passed. In some cases, Parliament does not have enough time to precisely draft an act and swift and specific legislation is required for the security of a nation. In the UK, for example, the Prevention of Terrorism Act was created as delegated legislation and now this legislation has added a new banned group to terrorism. Therefore, it is more appropriate for the authorizing authorities to enact and deal with legislation.
  • Allows flexibility:With delegated legislation, Parliament makes the law in a broader context and the executive has to fill in the finer points. Therefore, these small details can be changed immediately and without changes in Parliament. It is therefore flexible and the legislation it designs can better meet the needs of the modern public.
  • Recognize the interest of the data subject:In order to make legislation effective, it is important to understand the needs and interests of the person who will be affected by the legislation or laws. It's easy to sit in big houses and make a decision about the person concerned, but it's hard to know their interests and needs, to live with them in the same conditions they live in, and then it definitely becomes the data subject's benefit from the legislation on their behalf. It is therefore necessary to delegate legislative powers from Parliament to the executive. The executive knows better the situation of the person concerned than the legislature.
  • Basic experiment:It can be used as an experimental basis. It allows for speedy legislation. If a statute was created for a particular occasion and does not meet the condition for which it was created, it can be amended and a new statute enacted in place of the older statute. And if this law is adapted according to the situation, then this law will prevail in that area. In this way it is an advantage from the point of view of modern audiences.

Delegated laws can be challenged in court in India as unconstitutional, excessive and arbitrary. It is reviewable by the judiciary on two grounds: first, it must be based on substantive ultra vires and second, it must be based on procedural ultra vires. The criterion by which a law made by the executive may be struck down by the court is that it should not be found inconsistent with the constitution or ultra vires of the parent act from which it derives its power to make laws. The power to review delegated legislation in India rests with the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court and they play an active role in reviewing delegated legislation.

Judicial review of delegated legislation is exercised at the following two levels:

  1. The challenge to the delegation as unconstitutional
  2. Improper Exercise of Legal Powers.

No delegated legislation can survive in conflict with provisions conferring fundamental rights. If a law violates fundamental rights, the rules, regulations and laws contained therein cannot survive. Both in India and America, judicial review of delegated legislation is based on its doctrineUltra Vires.Additionally, there are various methods by which the judiciary in America exercises control over delegated laws.

The two main approaches taken by the American judiciary to justify the delegation of legislative powers to the executive branch are:

  1. Complete the detailed approach.
  2. Approach based on an understandable principle.

In the first approach, Congress must set the standard policy for the leadership of the executive branch, and the executive branch must fill in the additional details and implement the legislative policy according to the pattern established by Congress.

In the second approach, the court looks at the delegated legislation whenUltra Virescomplies with the articles of incorporation or fails to comply with the provisions specified in the articles of incorporation.

Cases illustrating judicial control over executives

  • Kruse v.:[11] The court held in this case that the law was inappropriate for the following reason.
  • It should not be partial or uneven
  • Shouldn't that be patently unfair?
  • Bad faith should not be revealed
  • It must not be an oppressive interference with the rights of the people, so that it cannot find justification in the mind of a reasonable man.
  • Legal Act Fall des Delhi:[12] In this case, a law gives the central government the power to repeal the law already under considerationUltra Vires.
  • The case of Chidaman Rao:[13] The Deputy Commissioner's ban on making bidis during the agricultural season is violative of Article 19(1)(g) of the Indian Constitution.
  • Chandran v.:Here, it has been understood that if the power of law is transferred to the hands of the legislature, it must be within the limits of the legislature and that law can be overturned if it exceeds that limit.

It is for the Parliament to delegate its power to legislate to whoever it wants, but at the same time it has to check whether the power delegated to the individual uses it for the public or not. If that person abuses that power, Parliament can take it back. It must ensure that these powers are not abused.

EmAvinder Singh v. Punjab-State, Krishna Iyer J. has aptly expressed that the Parliamentary power in certain enactments should be a living continuance as a protected necessity. Absolute authority in organization in parliamentary nations like India is more hypothetical than practical. In fact, parliamentary control is not as effective as it should be.

Jain and Jain stated on legislative review of delegated legislation:It is the job of the legislature to make laws in a parliamentary democracy. If for any reason he intends to transfer his legislative powers to the government, it is not the right of the legislature but, moreover, his primary duty to see how his appointee, i.e. H. the executive carries on or maintains the business entrusted to him. this."[14]Since the legislature is the one who delegates legislative power to the executive, its primary responsibility is to verify whether the powers vested in it are working properly or not, and it also has the power to supervise and control the effective exercise of those powers Performance. In the US, the government is not accountable to the legislature, and congressional control of delegated regulation is in most cases indirect. However, Congress may also direct administrative teams to submit periodic and one-time reports or report on their activities. In the US, Congress does not have effective control over delegated regulations because the US President is not accountable to the legislature.

However, India has a parliamentary form of government and the Prime Minister is accountable to the legislature. Thus Parliament in India can exercise direct control over the government. In India, committees for the scrutiny of delegated rules for both houses are constituted annually by the parliament. The main function of each committee is to monitor legislative regulations, draft legal guidelines for the public, etc. through any administrative structure and report to the residence whether the delegated power is properly exercised within the limits provided by the law of the fathers or the constitution was made or not. In America, however, this type of power is not delegated to the legislature, nor does the legislature have the power to exercise direct control over delegated legislation issued by the Executive Branch. Therefore, in a democratic society, it is important to maintain coherence between the legislature and the executive and it is also necessary to have an effective system of management of the legislature over the executive so that the government does not exercise its powers by creating delegated rules can abuse.

Facts: In this case, Kent County Council has legislated under the Local Government Act 1888. This Act states that no one is allowed to play music or sing a song within 50 meters of the house in a public place or street, after being asked to stop by a police officer. The plaintiff sang a hymn 50 meters from the house and refused to stop after the police officer asked him to do so. He received a penalty. He sought judicial review to invalidate the law.

Assessment:Lord Russell CJ, who delivered the courts' main judgment, held that the law came into force on the grounds that it was no longer unreasonable because it did not discriminate against the population.

Facts:Sections 3 and 4 of the Central Provinces Act and the Berar Establishment of Beedis Regulations, 1948 empower the Deputy Commissioner to fix the period of the agricultural season in relation to a particular village to which the Act applies. The deputy commissioner has the power to ban the making of bidis and no one is authorized to make bidis.

On 13 June 1950, the Deputy Commissioner of Sagar issued an order prohibiting people in certain villages from preparing bidis. At the time of hearing of the case in the High Court, the period fixed in the order had expired and another order was passed, covering the agricultural season from 8th October, 1950 to 18th November, 1950, and the same order was used in the present case being challenged.The question is whether the impugned law complies with the safeguard clause or goes beyond its provisions?

Assessment:In this case it was found that The Deputy Commissioner's ban on making bidi during the farming season is violative of Article 19 1(g) of the Indian Constitution.

Criticisms of delegated legislation are:

  1. Delegated legislation creates operational overlaps as delegated authorities work to amend legislation, which is the job of legislators.
  2. It is doubtful whether the control of legislators has relaxed since the introduction of delegated legislation.
  3. Unelected persons cannot enact many delegated laws as it would be against the spirit of democracy.
  4. After depriving the legislative branch of excessive power, the executive branch interfered with the legislative branch by making rules and regulations.
  5. A bill subject to less parliamentary scrutiny than a substantive bill. In this sense, Parliament has no power over certain legislative proposals and this can lead to irregularities in the laws. A Bill so defined may potentially be used in a way not intended by Parliament when empowered by an Act of Parliament.
  6. Delegated legislation makes laws without much debate. So it may or may not be better for the audience.
  7. For some legislation there is no general report. Already the law issued by the legal authority is generally not communicated to the society. On the other hand, Acts of Parliament are generally widespread. The purpose of the lack of disclosure is the sheer amount of action assigned. A fear was also expressed that a particular ordinance would lead to overstepping the law.
  8. It could potentially be used for political purposes. The executive legislates according to the political parties. Consequently, the laws enacted by the executive are being misused by the ruling party.
  9. The executive branch becomes too powerful because it already has the power to implement laws and legislation, and now the legislature delegates its legislative power to the executive. So both the powers are in the hands of the executive now they can use that power as they want.
  10. It contradicts the theory of separation of powers formulated by the famous political thinker Montesquieu.

Delegated or secondary legislation means legal rules made under the authority of an Act of Parliament. Although legislation is within the purview of the legislature, the legislature may delegate its powers to other bodies or persons by resolution. The resolution granting this power is known as a deed of authorization. With the Enabling Law, the governing board sets the general rules and the basic principles are defined by the mandated authority.

In India, if parliamentary scrutiny of delegated legislation is to be a viable continuum, then it is important to strengthen the work of Parliamentary Advisory Groups and another bill like the Legislative Act Act, which lays down uniform standards for placing and The production to be imported must be approved. The board can be strengthened by a specific body of authority to successfully exercise oversight of the law that is gradually delegated. In addition to the various measures mentioned above, steps must be taken to strengthen Parliament's control over the intended decision. The principles and standards created by legal leadership must be linked to the needs of the elderly. Despite the fact that there are no express provisions in the Constitution of India authorizing the appointment of the authorities, the legal pattern followed in respect of the imputed ordinance is consistent with the founding objective of our Fathers of the Constitution, whose primary concern was flexibility of Constitution to the new needs of the time. If we want to ensure that the government's legislative powers are not abused, it is important that effective controls like those in place in the US, which India has yet to adopt, are put in place.

  2. Rainha v. Burah, [1878] UKPC 26
  3. D.S. Grewal v. State of Punjab, 1959 AIR 512
  4. Panama Refining Co. Ryan, 293 USA 388
  5. State of Sikkim v. Surendra Prasad Sharma, 1994 AIR 2342
  7. field v.143 US 649 (1892)
  8. Wagman v., 23 U.S.C. 10 wheat. 11 (1825)
  9. Raj Narain Singh v. Chairman, Patna Air Management Committee, 1954 AIR 569
  10. Lachmi Narain v. Union of India, Air 1976 Sc 714
  11. Kruse v.
  12. Στο Re The Delhi Laws Act, 1951 AIR 332
  13. Chintaman Rao and Ors. v. Bundesstaat Madhya Pradesh, 1951 AIR 118
  14. Jain, MR. & Jain, SN; (2007) Principles of Administrative Law, 6. Auflage, Bd. II, Wadhwa Nagpur.

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