Wednesday, 10 September 2014

New Delhi Municipal Council dissolved on performance default, council reconstituted

NEW DELHI: The NDMC, responsible for the upkeep of civic amenities in high-profile Lutyens Delhi area, has been reconstituted after the government dissolved the previous council citing its "persistent performance default".

New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), which was constituted in January 2011, was dissolved due to several reasons including power revenue losses and unresolved problems of illegal squatters in the Council area, said a notification issued by the ministry of home affairs (MHA).

It cited "personnel mis-management in the New Delhi Municipal Council in respect of categories of workers such as casual, daily-wages, muster roll, temporary muster roll, regular muster roll, contract workers, etc".

Following its dissolution, all duties conferred and imposed upon the Council will be performed by IAS officer Jalaj Shrivastava, who was working as NDMC chairman, the notification said.

The MHA had asked the civic body to replace its members Tajdar Babar, Ashok Ahuja, Suka Ram and I A Siddique with Karan Singh Tanwar, B S Bhati, Anita Arya and Abdul Rashid Ansari, a MHA official said.

With replacement of these members, the NDMC has been reconstituted, the official said.

As per NDMC's website, Lok Sabha BJP MP from New Delhi Meenakshi Lekhi, Gole Market MLA Arvind Kejriwal besides 10 other members constitute the civic body.

The duration of the dissolved council was for five years from the date of its first meeting, i.e., January 31, 2011.

"The central government is of the opinion that the Council has persistently been making default in the performance of the duties imposed on it by or under the New Delhi Municipal Council Act, 1994 (44 of 1994) and has failed to deliver efficient service to the public and generally in regard to the municipal administration," the order had said.

Due to inaccurate scheduling of demand and supply and improper projection of price band of sale and purchase of excess or deficient power, the net power procurement cost of the NDMC rises by around Rs 200 crore every year, which is not only a loss but a consistent drain on the council revenues, it said.

The government said squatting in the NDMC areas has gone unchecked in the past few years.

"The situation seems to have gone particularly bad since the last eviction or displacement was done during the Commonwealth Games in 2010.

"Thereafter, in the next four years, squatting has gone on unchecked and needs effective intervention to avoid chaos and mismanagement of space in the areas under the jurisdiction of the New Delhi Municipal Council. The entire area happens to be very sensitive and vulnerable due to security reasons," the notification said.

The MHA, which exercises control over the Council affairs, said the personnel mismanagement in NDMC has resulted in an enhanced expenditure on manpower while no reduction in expenditure has been made in respect of outsourcing of employees.

"In fact, enhanced outsourcing of services is being undertaken simultaneously for transport, health and sanitation, security, fire and operation and maintenance for the New Delhi Municipal Council buildings," the MHA observed.

Following its observation, the MHA had issued a show-cause notice to the NDMC on June 30, this year. The Council's reply to the MHA notice was received on July 7.

After examination of the council's replies, the central government was of the view that NDMC was persistently making default in the performance of the duties imposed on it and failed to deliver efficient service to the public and generally in regard to the municipal administration.

"The Council has never kept this ministry informed about on such serious or sensitive issues relating to revenue loss and security," the MHA said in its notification citing reasons for NDMC's dissolution. Delhi Municipal Council dissolved,New Delhi Municipal Council

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