Home Min likely to approve MCD split next week
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Last Updated: Friday, November 18, 2011, 20:19
New Delhi: After months of wait, Delhi Government is all set to get formal approval of the Union Home Ministry early next week to its long-pending proposal for trifurcation of the MCD ahead of municipal polls.

Being strongly pushed by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, the proposal to split the MCD has been vetted by the Union Law Ministry and Home Ministry is in the process of sending it to Delhi Government.

"We are expecting the formal approval (to the proposal) on Monday as Law Ministry has already sent the file to Home Ministry," top officials of Delhi Government said.

The Delhi government had sent the proposal to Home Ministry in early June seeking the go-ahead for trifurcation of the MCD ahead of municipal polls.

The Home Ministry, after giving the in-principle approval last week, had sent the proposal to the Law Ministry for vetting.

The Chief Minister, who has been a strong votary of splitting the MCD, had met Home Minister P Chidambaram several times in the last three months seeking early clearance to the proposal. Dikshit had raised the issue with Congress president Sonia Gandhi in a meeting earlier this month.

The officials said an assembly session would be called shortly after approval to the proposal is sent by the Home Ministry to Delhi Government.

Last month the Home Ministry wanted certain amendments in the proposal, specifically on appointment of Commissioners for the three proposed municipal councils so as to allow the Centre to continue to have a say in the process.

The Delhi Government has been pressing for early go-ahead to the proposal so that the entire process of trifurcating the MCD could be completed well ahead of coming into force of the election code of conduct for the municipal polls which are scheduled to be held in April next year.

The Home Ministry had in September returned the proposal to the city government wanting to know specifically what would be the administrative structure, distribution of funds and how the city government plans to ensure proper coordination among three proposed bodies. The government had sent a fresh proposal last month.

Dikshit has been strongly pushing for trifurcation of MCD as well as increasing reservation of seats for women to 50 per cent from the current 33 per cent.

She had to face opposition from within Congress for the proposal with several leaders even going to party chief Sonia Gandhi to complain against the move.

However, after much deliberation within the party and discussions with senior AICC leaders, it was decided the MCD would be split into three parts and the number of wards would be kept at 272.

As per the bill, the new civic bodies in North and South Delhi will have 104 wards each, while the civic body in East Delhi will have 64 wards.

Both North and South Delhi municipality will have 26 assembly constituencies each while the 16 assembly segments will fall under the East Delhi municipality.


First Published: Friday, November 18, 2011, 20:19

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