What center wants to change in Delhi’s civic body?
- The Bill seeks to amend The Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, 1957, to effectively undo the earlier 2011 amendment to the Act.
Key features of the Bill:
Under the 2011 Act, the erstwhile Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) was trifurcated into separate North, South, and East Delhi Municipal Corporations.
The Act mandates that the Commissioner will exercise his powers regarding building regulations under the general superintendence and directions of Delhi government.
The Act provides that the number of seats in the three corporations taken together should not be more than 272.
The Act provides for a Director of Local Bodies to assist the Delhi government and discharge certain functions which include:
Coordinating between Corporations,
Framing recruitment Rules for various posts, and
Coordinating the collecting and sharing of toll tax
The Bill replaces the three municipal corporations under the Act with one Corporation named the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.
The Bill instead empowers the central government to decide these matters.
The Bill states that the total number of seats in the new Corporation should not be more than 250.
The Bill omits this provision for a Director of Local Bodies.
The Bill provides that the central government may appoint a Special Officer to exercise powers of the Corporation until the first meeting of the Corporation is held.
The Bill adds that obligatory functions of the new Corporation will include establishing an e-governance system.
- New delimitation exercise: Reducing the number of seats means a new delimitation exercise will have to be conducted.
- Bureaucratization: Appointing a Special Officer means that until the elections are concluded, the Centre will likely appoint an officer to run the corporation.
- The other significant change is the replacement of the word “government” with “Central government” in all places. The bill hence seeks to curtail the powers of the elected govt of New Delhi by introducing central hegemony.
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