New Delhi: Elected members of New Delhi
area can have more say in the council governing its affairs,
according to amendments approved by the Union Cabinet Thursday.
The amendments to the New Delhi Municipal Council Act,
1994 relate to changes in the composition of the council by
making the MP of the area as its member with voting right and
provide for increasing the number of members from 11 to 12.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said
the New Delhi Municipal Council (Amendment) Bill, 2010 will be
introduced in the monsoon session of Parliament.
The Bill also provides for increasing the number of
representatives belonging to the scheduled castes from the
current one to two.
According to the amendment bill, a Chief Minister, if
representing the NDMC area, will chair the meetings of the
council. Alternately, an MP of the area, if a minister, will
chair the meetings.
If the MP representing the area is not a minister then
the MLA, if holding a ministerial position, will chair.
Failing all the three, the area MP will preside over the
meetings and if none of them is available, then the chairman
of the council will preside over the meetings.
In the present set up, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit
will chair the NDMC meetings and in her absence Minister of
State for Home Ajay Maken will preside over the meetings.
Currently, NDMC meetings are chaired by the chairman of the
"It has been found that elected members do not attend
NDMC meetings due to protocol issues. The approval will ensure
greater participation of weaker sections of the society and
people`s representatives in the decision making process of the
NDMC," Soni said.
She said the Bill also proposes to reduce the number of
MLAs as members of the council, from three to two as there are
only two such assembly constituencies whose area fully or
partly fall in the New Delhi area.
As per the amendments, the council will also have three
women members and two nominated members.
Soni said an increase is "proposed in the number of
members from amongst the prescribed fields, nominated by the
Central Government in consultation with the Delhi Chief
Minister, from two to four."
Lutyens` Delhi and surrounding areas fall under NDMC`s