MCD split: Delhi CM seeks clearance by next month
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 21:49
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 proposal.

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.


First Published: Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 21:49

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