Statement of Objects and Reasons appended to the Constitution
         (Fiftieth Amendment) Bill, 1984 which was enacted as
         THE CONSTITUTION (Forty-eighth Amendment) Act, 1984


The  Proclamation  issued  by the President under article 356  of  the
Constitution on the 6th day of October, 1983 with respect to the State
of  Punjab cannot be continued in force for more than one year  unless
the  special conditions mentioned in clause (5) of article 356 of  the
Constitution  are satisfied.  Although the Legislative Assembly is  in
suspended  animation and a popular government can be installed, having
regard  to  the prevailing situation in the State, the continuance  of
the  Proclamation  beyond  5th  October, 1984 may  be   necessary.   To
facilitate  the  adoption  of  a  resolution  by  the   two  Houses  of
Parliament  approving  the  continuance in force of  the   Proclamation
beyond  5th October, 1984, it is necessary to amend article 356 of the
Constitution.  It is therefore proposed to amend clause (5) of article
356  so  as to make the conditions mentioned therein inapplicable  for
the  purposes of the continuance in force of the said Proclamation  up
to a period of two years from the date of its issue.

NEW DELHI;                                     P. V. NARASIMHA RAO.

The 13th August, 1984.

                              ACT, 1984

                                        [26th August, 1984.]

An Act further to amend the Constitution of India.

BE  it enacted by Parliament in the Thirty-fifth Year of the  Republic
of India as follows:-

1.  Short title.-This Act may be called the Constitution (Forty-eighth
Amendment) Act, 1984.

2.   Amendment of article 356.-In article 356 of the Constitution,  in
clause  (5),  the  following  proviso shall be  inserted  at   the  end

`Provided that in the case of the Proclamation issued under clause (1)
on  the 6th day of October, 1983 with respect to the State of  Punjab,
the  reference in this clause to "any period beyond the expiration  of
one  year" shall be construed as a reference to "any period beyond the
expiration of two years".'.