MCD split: Delhi CM seeks clearance by next month

Upset over the Centre not clearing a proposal to trifurcate the MCD, CM Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday sought the much-awaited approval by October.

New Delhi: Upset over the Centre not clearing
a proposal to trifurcate the MCD, Chief Minister Sheila
Dikshit on Wednesday sought the much-awaited approval by October so
that the entire process of splitting the civic body could be
completed ahead of the municipal polls early next year.

After a Cabinet meeting, Dikshit sounded determined in
splitting the MCD ahead of the polls and said the government
will send its response to certain fresh queries by Union Home
Ministry on the proposal in a day or two.
"We would like to get the approval from the Home Ministry
by October so that we could complete the entire process ahead
of the municipal polls," she said explaining why the city
government was showing urgency in getting the approval.

The Home Ministry, earlier this month, had returned the
proposal 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.

"We want the approval on the broad proposal. The details
of administrative structure and other issues could be finalised
at a later stage. There should not be any hurdle in clearence
of the proposal as the party as well as the Home Minister had
agreed to it," Dikshit said.

The Chief Minister said a special session of assembly
will be called immediately after getting the go ahead from the
Home Ministry to the proposal as a bill will have to be passed
by the House to split the civic body.

Dikshit has been strongly pushing for trifurcation of the
MCD as well as increasing reservation of seats for women to 50
per cent from the current 33 per cent ahead of the next year`s
municipal polls.
Dikshit had to face opposition from within Congress for
her proposal to split the civic body ahead of the civic polls
with several Congress leaders even going to party chief Sonia
Gandhi to oppose 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.

"We have finalised our response to the queries today and
it will be send in a day or two to the Home Ministry. The
queries were related to distribution of funds and segregation
of the staff," she said.

Dikshit had met Home Minister P Chidambaram twice in July
to request him to clear the proposal at the earliest. Last
month, the city government made some amendments to its earlier

The Home Ministry had in July also sent back the proposal
seeking certain modification into it following which the city
government dropped its plan to set up an authority called
Delhi Municipal Authority and instead decided to create a post
of director of civic bodies.

As per the earlier proposal, the Chief Minister would
have been the head of the DMA.

The Delhi Cabinet in June 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.

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.


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