Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2022:
The Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2022 was passed by Lok Sabha.
- The Bill seeks to amend the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, 1957 passed by Parliament.
- The Act was amended in 2011 by Delhi Legislative Assembly to trifurcate the erstwhile Municipal Corporation of Delhi into:
- (i) North Delhi Municipal Corporation,
- (ii) South Delhi Municipal Corporation, and
- (iii) East Delhi Municipal Corporation.
- The Bill seeks to unify the three corporations.
- The Bill replaces the three municipal corporations under the Act with one Corporation named the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.
- The Act as amended in 2011 empowers the Delhi government to decide various matters under the Act such as total number of seats of councillors, delimitation of wards etc. The Bill instead empowers the central government to decide these matters.
- The Act provides that the number of seats in the three corporations taken together should not be more than 272. The Bill states that the total number of seats in the new Corporation should not be more than 250.
- The Act provides for a Director of Local Bodies to assist the Delhi government and discharge certain functions.
- The Bill omits the provision for a Director of Local Bodies.
- The Bill provides that the central government may appoint a Special Officer to exercise powers of the Corporation until the first meeting of the Corporation is held after the commencement of the Bill.