Parliamentary secretary row: EC seeks ‘urgent’ information from Delhi govt

The AAP government had appointed 21 MLAs as parliamentary secretaries to assist its ministers.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published: September 3, 2016 3:40:25 am
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The Election Commission has sent a notice to the Delhi government, after its General Administration Department (GAD) and other departments reportedly “failed” to respond to certain queries by the EC about the parliamentary secretary row.

The AAP government had appointed 21 MLAs as parliamentary secretaries to assist its ministers. The appointments have seen AAP come under attack from the opposition over ‘office of profit’ allegations.

The ‘notice’ mentions six of the 11 points in a note sent by the EC to the government on June 26.

The EC had sought information on whether office space was provided to the 21 MLAs. It had also asked for details on facilities or pecuniary benefits, if any.

The Commission has now sought “urgent” information on some points, including details of support staff provided to the parliamentary secretaries and transportation arrangements made for them. The EC has also asked for details on whether vehicles and drivers were provided to the MLAs, as well as about their travel expenses, allowances and reimbursements.

The communication by the EC added, “Further, the nature of duties assigned to each of them as parliamentary secretary may also be explained. Duties performed by the parliamentary secretary be elaborated.”

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