MCD Merger Bill: Center to present MCD merger bill in Parliament today

The integrated MCD was bifurcated into North Delhi Municipal Corporation, South Delhi Municipal Corporation and East Delhi Municipal Corporation in 2012. The current terms of the three municipal bodies will expire between May 18 and 22.

New Delhi: The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2022, which seeks to merge the three municipal corporations of the capital, was introduced in the Lok Sabha by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday morning, according to the list of business released by Parliament on Thursday. do.

The integrated MCD, which will be a “single, integrated and well-equipped unit”, will have no more than 250 wards, and a special officer may be appointed to oversee its functioning till the body’s first meeting is held. The Statement of Objects and Reasons was signed by the Union Home Minister on March 22, but was made public late Thursday evening.

At present there are 272 wards in all the three MCDs.

The bill also proposes that the number of seats reserved for councilors and members of Scheduled Castes in the merged body shall be determined by the central government through a notification in the official gazette, the Statement of Objects and Reasons said.

The integrated MCD was bifurcated into North Delhi Municipal Corporation, South Delhi Municipal Corporation and East Delhi Municipal Corporation in 2012. The current terms of the three municipal bodies will expire between May 18 and 22.

On March 9, the State Election Commission postponed the announcement of the MCD election schedule after the Center had sent a communication stating that it intended to merge the three civic bodies.

The bill comes after Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal criticized the BJP for using the integration of North, East and South municipal corporations as a “delay tactic” to avoid the MCD elections. Will come a day later. Which was to happen in this April.

“The nation will not tolerate the drama they [BJP] are doing. They say they are the biggest party in the world. We are the youngest. Still scared! The largest party was scared of the smallest. If you have guts then contest elections,” Kejriwal said in the Delhi Assembly on Thursday.

(with agency input)

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