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Lok Sabha passes Delhi Municipal Corporation Amendment Bill, 2022

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Lok Sabha passes Delhi Municipal Corporation Amendment Bill, 2022

Recently the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2022 has been introduced in Lok Sabha.

  • The bill proposed the merger of three municipal corporations (Southern, North and East) of Delhi.
  • This bill has provisions to nullify the amendment made in the year 2011 to the “Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, 1957”.
  • It is to be known that, by the amendment of the year 2011, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi was divided into three municipal corporations i.e. North, South and East.

Why was this bill needed?

  • A need has been felt to convert these three municipal corporations into a single, integrated and one efficient entity for more efficient delivery of civic services.
  • This will ensure a robust mechanism for optimum utilization of resources. This will increase transparency and ensure better governance. It will also meet the shortage of resources by balancing the responsibilities of the three municipal corporations.

Highlights of salient features of the bill:

  • The maximum number of seats in the Integrated Municipal Corporation has been proposed to be
  • The provision related to the post of Director of Local Bodies has been removed.
  • This allows the Center to appoint a special officer till the first meeting of the integrated MCD takes place.
  • Municipal corporations in the states are established by the respective state legislatures by making laws. However, municipal corporations in union territories are established by the Parliament by law.
  • Part 1X-A was added to the Constitution by the 74th Amendment Act, In this, provisions have been made related to the administration of Municipal Corporations and Municipalities.

Source – The Hindu

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