New Delhi: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday exuded confidence of getting approval "soon" from the
Centre for Delhi Government`s proposal to split the MCD into
three smaller bodies ahead of next year`s municipal polls.
Dikshit said the proposal is currently being examined
by the Union Law Ministry and there were indications that it
will be cleared before the Monsoon session of Delhi Assembly.
"We are confident of getting the approval soon,"
Dikshit said replying to a question on the issue.
Delhi government had sent the proposal to the Union
Home Ministry early last month seeking the go ahead for the
proposal. The Home Ministry after examining the proposal has
sent it to the Law Ministry.
Dikshit had met Home Minister P Chidambaram twice in
the last one month seeking an early approval to the proposal.
The Chief Minister has been strongly pushing for
trifurcation of the MCD as well as increasing reservation of
seats for women to 50 per cent from current 33 per cent ahead
of next year`s municipal polls.
The MCD elections will be held early next year and
Dikshit has already said that the city government wants to
complete the process of division of the body ahead of polls.
The Delhi Cabinet last month had approved a bill for
division of the civic agency into three smaller bodies. The
bill along with a proposal for trifurcation of the MCD was
later sent to the Home Ministry for clearance.
Officials said the city government wants to table the
bill in the monsoon session of the assembly. The dates for
monsoon session of assembly have not been finalised yet.