NEW DELHI: The union’s cabinet on Tuesday approved a bill for the unification of Delhi’s three municipal enterprises, a decision likely to end the battle between the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the national capital and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). ) in the center will strengthen.
The Delhi Municipal Corporation Bill (Amendment), 2022, is likely to be tabled in parliament next week, people familiar with the development said, adding that it could also be adopted during the ongoing budget session.
The decision comes 13 days after the State Election Commission (SEC), which was expected to declare the election schedule for the three civic bodies – the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation and the East Delhi Municipal Corporation, the dismissal of the last-minute announcement sitting a communication from the central government about its plans to merge the three.
AAP claimed that the BJP would lose the civilian polls, hence the decision to postpone the elections following the unification of the bodies. The party even ousted the Supreme Court last week, alleging “blatant interference” by the center in conducting Delhi municipal polls with “brazen influence” on the SEC.
However, the BJP has argued that trifurcated MCDs have had to deal with multiple issues over the years, such as non-payment of salary. safai karamcharis (sweepers), unequal distribution of property taxes between three civic agencies, inefficient management and growing losses, etc.
In 2011, the government led by Sheila Dikshit proposed to Congress the trifurcation of the MCD for better efficiency. The Ministry of Home Affairs then approved the proposal in November 2011, after which the Delhi government convened a special assembly and adopted the Delhi Municipal Corporation bill (amendment) in December 2011.
The final notification for the trifurcation was issued in January 2012, giving North, South and East Delhi municipal agencies with 104 departments to the first two, and 64 to the last.
MCD was the second largest civilian body in the world after the Tokyo Metropolitan Area when it was trifurcated by the then congressional establishment. It was led by a commissioner, assisted by six additional commissioners, 22 directors and department heads, to oversee key functions such as education, engineering, sanitation, horticulture, among others.