Deccan Chronicle

Govt tables Delhi Ordinance Bill

- DC CORRESPOND­ENT with agency inputs NEW DELHI, AUG. 1

The Union government on Tuesday tabled the contentiou­s National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2023 in the Lok Sabha amid protests by the Opposition MPS, who termed it against “democracy, the Constituti­on, and the people of Delhi”. Defending the bill, Union home minister Amit Shah asserted that Parliament is “fully competent” to pass the bill and the protests are “politicall­y motivated”. Even as the Treasury Benches and the Opposition slug over the proposed legislatio­n, some non-nda parties, including the YSRC and the BJD, have announced their support for the bill replacing the Delhi services ordinance.

The Bill will be tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

The Bill, approved by the Union Cabinet on July 25, will replace the ordinance on control of services in the national capital and empower the Delhi Lieutenant-governor with the final authority regarding the transfers and postings of Delhi government officials.

Amidst protests and sloganeeri­ng, minister of state for home Nityanand Rai introduced the bill in the Lok Sabha. Opposition members, including Congress’ Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Shashi Tharoor and RSP’S N.K. Premachand­ran, protested against its introducti­on.

The Bill will have all major provisions of the ordinance promulgate­d by the Central government on May 19, a week after the Supreme Court handed over the control of services in Delhi, excluding police, public order and land, to the elected government headed by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.

In the Bill, however, Section 3A, a provision in the ordinance that previously prevented the Delhi Assembly from enacting any law on “services”, is removed. The Bill, if passed, will give the Central government primacy over the Delhi government on the appointmen­t of officers belonging to all India services and DANICS.

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