Centre clears bill to replace Delhi ordinance for control of bureaucrats
New Delhi/IBNS: The central cabinet Tuesday cleared a bill to replace the ordinance that allows the Centre to take away the Delhi government's control over the posting and transfers of officers and bureaucrats in the national capital, reports said.
The bill is all set to be introduced in Parliament soon.
The ordinance had become one of the latest flashpoints between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi.
The AAP dispensation, backed by Congress and other Opposition parties, has challenged it in the Supreme Court.
An ordinance is brought by the government when the Parliament is not in session but it must be cleared by the legislature within six weeks of its reassembly.
The ordinance seeks to set up a National Capital Civil Service Authority for the transfer of Group A officers from the Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar, Lakshadweep, Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli (Civil) Services (DANICS) cadre. It would also empower the body to initiate disciplinary actions against them.
The AAP claimed the ordinance defied the Supreme Court which had ruled in the state government's favour.
Settling the power tussle case in May, the court had said the Delhi government must have control over services and that the Lieutenant Governor is bound by its decision.