Delhi News highlights: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Tuesday wrote to Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena saying the L-G is “bypassing the elected government” and that “all the inquiries ordered are illegal and unconstitutional.” This comes after L-G Saxena directed the the Chief Secretary for an inquiry report into the government’s flagship scheme — electricity subsidy. The secretariat of L-G Vinai Kumar Saxena has asked the Chief Secretary to inquire into and submit a report within seven days regarding why an “order” passed by the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) in 2018 to pay electricity subsidy through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) was allegedly not followed, officials in the secretariat said. “Other than land, police, public order and services, you don’t have the authority to issue orders in any other matter. All your orders are politically motivated. So far, nothing has been found in any investigation. I request you to work in accordance with the Constitution,” Sisodia said.
Delhi’s Goods and Services Tax (GST) collection in the second quarter of 2022-23 dipped by more than 6 per cent as compared to the first quarter of the fiscal, reported news agency PTI, quoting official figures. However, the combined GST collection of the first two quarters of 2022-23 was 28 per cent higher than the corresponding period of financial year 2021-22, showing that the economic situation is recovering from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, officials said.
Delhi on Tuesday reported 74 fresh Covid cases with a positivity rate of 1.07 per cent, taking the total tally to 20,03,650, With no deaths reported, the toll stood at 26,503. Delhi had on Monday reported one Covid-related fatality and 39 fresh cases with a positivity rate of 1.56 per cent, according to data issued by the city health department.