Union Cabinet nod to unification bill to merge 3 MCDs into one; bill to be tabled in Parliament
On Tuesday the Centre approved the unification bill to merge three Municipal Corporations of Delhi. The decision to merge these three agencies of the MCD was approved by the Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The amendment provides for a unified municipal corporation of Delhi by subsuming the existing three corporations.
As per sources, the unified municipal corporation will be a well-equipped entity for optimum and even utilization of financial resources which will reduce mounting liabilities, expenditure on the functioning of the three municipal corporations and improve the civic services of the national capital.
The trifurcated corporation was uneven in terms of the territorial divisions and revenue-generating potential of each corporation. As a result, there was a huge gap in the resources available to the three corporations, vis-a-vis their obligations.
All the three civic bodies faced increasing financial difficulties which left them incapacitated to make timely payment of salaries and retirement benefits to their employees and thereby creating serious impediments in maintaining civic services in Delhi.
As per government sources, the Bill for “The Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Act, 2022” is likely to be tabled in Parliament during the coming week and will unify the MCD by subsuming the existing three bodies.
The erstwhile MCD was trifurcated into three civic bodies – South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) — in 2011 through the Delhi Municipal Corporation Amendment Act, 1911 (Delhi Act, 12 Of 2011).
Earlier, the government had postponed the announcement of the elections to the civic bodies hinting that these three bodies will be merged. Calling the postponement of the MCD elections a threat to the nation’s democracy, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that this was the first time the Centre had written to the State Election Commission to postpone polls.
Kejriwal also asked the government what were they doing all these years if they so urgently wanted to merge these civic bodies into one. He also said that the government wrote to the EC a few hours before the poll schedules of the MCD elections were to be announced.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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