Swaraj Bill gets Delhi Cabinet nod

Last Updated: Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 23:06

New Delhi: Delhi cabinet on Thursday cleared the Swaraj Bill, which intends to devolve power directly to the people to curb corruption at the local level.

The Delhi government plans to introduce the Bill in the ongoing Assembly session after introduction of the Jan Lokpal Bill.

However, no transaction of business took place today during the first day of the Assembly session due to disruption caused by Congress and BJP MLAs demanding Law Minister Somnath Bharti`s resignation.

A detailed discussion on Swaraj Bill was also held in yesterday`s cabinet meeting. Touted as a measure for achieving true `self-rule`, the Bill provides for decentralisation of power by setting up mohalla sabhas at ward level.

Senior government officials had held a meeting on Sunday and finalised the modalities of Swaraj Bill which intends to put in place mohalla sabhas where power would be given to the common people to solve problems at the local level.

Former chief secretary of Madhya Pradesh S C Behar, drafted Swaraj Bill along with some experts.

Seeking to dispel the fear that AAP members would take over Mohalla sabhas, Behar had said "under the Bill, mohalla sabhas are being made strong. However, it is not that party members will take their control.

PTI

First Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 23:06

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