Home Ministry’s notification will remove confusion, help AAP run Delhi well, says Arun Jaitley

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley made it clear that the row over distribution of powers in Delhi was not a political issue but a constitutional one.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published:May 22, 2015 3:43 pm
Arun Jaitley, AAP, Home Ministry notification Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley made it clear that the row over distribution of powers in Delhi was not a political issue but a constitutional one. (Source: PTI)

The Centre on Friday said the Home Ministry’s notification on the allocation of powers in Delhi would “remove” all confusion regarding governance in the national capital and help the AAP government run the city efficiently.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also made it clear that the row over distribution of powers in Delhi was not a
political issue but a constitutional one.

READ: Modi has back stabbed people of Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal after home ministry’s notification

“The circular issued by the Home Ministry is a clarificatory note… We do not want that due to confusion offices get locked,” he said at a press conference.

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In a gazette notification issued today, the Union Home Ministry said the LG will have jurisdiction over matters connected with services, public order, police and land and he may consult with the Chief Minister whenever he thinks necessary in issues of services using his own “discretion”.

It came against the backdrop of the appointment of senior bureaucrat Shakuntala Gamlin as acting Chief Secretary by LG last week which triggered a full-blown war between the ruling AAP and the Lt Governor.

Kejriwal had also sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the matter even as he accused the Centre of using LG Najeeb Jung to run Delhi.

“The administrative structure of Delhi according to the Constitution, Article 239 AA, has been made in such a way that there are many powers which are with the elected government of Delhi… So the elected government in Delhi has a large number of powers. There are some powers which are reserved with the central government and that provisions too are clearly written in the Constitution,” Jaitley said.

The gazette notification said the Union Territory cadre consisting of IAS, IPS service personnel is common to Union Territories of Delhi, Chandigarh, Andaman and Nicobar islands, Lakshadweep, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Puducherry and states of Arunachal Pradesh, Goa and Mizoram which is administered by the central government through the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Similarly, DANICS and DANIPS officers are common services calling to the requirement of the Union Territories of Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Andaman and Nicobar islands, Lakshadweep and NCT of Delhi which is also administered by the central government through the Ministry of Home Affairs.

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    TIHAEwale
    May 22, 2015 at 3:35 pm
    Let us wait and AK67 run Delhi well or runs Delhi into the well.
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      Bijan Mohanty
      May 24, 2015 at 12:07 am
      The New Notification ends the confusion regarding the real intentions of governance by the Center- Protect the corrupt, har the honest, talk of cooperative Federalism but practice coercive federalism.
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        Damaru Prasad
        May 22, 2015 at 4:16 pm
        Now here is a misstep on the part of Modi. He should have left alone Delhi, its Lt Gov , CM and whatever law it is governed under. By effect the change it has given chance to Natwar Lal to spread falsehood. Things --- or rather the fight ---- would have been y had there been status on legal regime and enhanced degree of "dragging" of Natwar Lal rather than punching as the dialogue runs in Southern film.
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          human
          May 26, 2015 at 4:20 pm
          Delhi high court has slapped this . People rejected him and Jhumla party made him FM.
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            Lovely
            Jun 27, 2015 at 10:12 am
            One thing is certain,AK 49 can not deliver the goods. If AK 49 is given unfettered powers he will ruin Delhi and make it biggest slum in the world.
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              Guest
              May 22, 2015 at 6:30 pm
              We applaud Mr. Jaitley's optimism. But, it also takes basic common sense for the people trying to run Delhi Govt. There has been significant deficit in their intentions and actions to suggest they get the message. Drama could include anything and everything, but no guarantee for common sense, honesty, truth and service to the people and the Country.
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                Indan
                May 23, 2015 at 12:35 am
                If everything is controlled by Centre. Then why waste so much money in elections.
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                  Indan
                  May 23, 2015 at 12:40 am
                  It's like tying legs and hand asking a person to win the compeion. And then condemn thru media person don't know to swim.
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