THE CONSTITUTION (SIXTY-SEVENTH AMENDMENT) ACT, 1990

Statement  of  Objects  and  Reasons    appended  to  the  Constitution
(Seventy-sixth Amendment) Bill, 1990 (Bill No.  158 of 1990) which was
   enacted as THE CONSTITUTION (Sixty-seventh Amendment) Act, 1990

                   STATEMENT OF OBJECTS AND REASONS

Under  clause (4) of article 356 of the Constitution, no  Proclamation
issued  under  that  article  and  approved  by  both   the  Houses  of
Parliament  shall remain in force for more than three years.  However,
under  clause  (5)  of the said article, a  resolution  approving   the
continuance in force of a Proclamation issued under clause (1) of that
article  beyond a period of one year cannot be passed by either  House
of  Parliament unless the two conditions relating to a Proclamation of
Emergency being in operation in the whole or any part of the State and
the  certificate  by the Election Commission that the continuation  of
the  Proclamation  issued under clause (1) is necessary on account  of
difficulties  in holding general elections to the Legislative Assembly
of  the  State  as specified in that clause are met.  The  three   year
period  in  the  case of Proclamation issued on 11th May,  1987   with
respect  to  the State of Punjab was extended to three years  and  six
months  by  the  Constitution (Sixty-fourth Amendment) Act,  1990   and
clause (5) of article 356 was also suitably amended by that Act in the
expectation  that  it  would  be possible to  hold   elections  to  the
Legislative  Assembly of that State.  The prevailing circumstances  in
the  State,  however,  still do not hold out prospects for  free   and
peaceful  elections to the State Legislative Assembly.  Clause (4)  of
article  356 of the Constitution is, therefore, proposed to be amended
so  as  to facilitate the extension of the said Proclamation up  to  a
total period of four years in relation to the State of Punjab.

2. The Bill seeks to achieve the above objects.

NEW DELHI;                                    MUFTI MOHAMMED SAYEED.

The 1st October, 1990.

                             
       THE CONSTITUTION (SIXTY-SEVENTH AMENDMENT)
                              ACT, 1990


                                        [4th October, 1990.]

An Act further to amend the Constitution of India.

BE it enacted by Parliament in the Forty-first Year of the Republic of
India as follows:-

1.    Short   title.-  This   Act   may  be  called  the   Constitution
(Sixty-seventh Amendment) Act, 1990.

2.   Amendment of article 356.-In article 356 of the Constitution,  in
clause  (4), in the third proviso, for the words "three years and  six
months", the words "four years" shall be substituted.