Post-split,MCD mayors’ tenure may be extended to 20 months

If A proposal mooted by the experts is implemented,the tenure of the Mayor will be enhanced to 20 months from the present term of one year after the trifurcation of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published: January 23, 2012 2:46:16 am

If A proposal mooted by the experts is implemented,the tenure of the Mayor will be enhanced to 20 months from the present term of one year after the trifurcation of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). The committee was formed to reform the DMC Act.

K Dharmarajan,chairman of the committee,said that extending the term from 12 months to 20 months was proposed after many suggested that a year would not be enough for the Mayor to settle in. “The tenure of 20 months is likely to be cleared for the three new corporations proposed for the city after the MCD trifurcation. This means that there will be three mayors during a corporation’s five-year tenure. We brainstormed on the issue,and concluded that 20 months would give a fair chance to the reserved category candidate,which is mandatory as per the Constitution,” he added.

“The post of Mayor will be reserved for women,and members of the Scheduled Caste for two terms,and one term will be open for general candidates,” Dharmarajan said.

Another reason for the proposal were opinions that it would be cumbersome to change mayors every year in all the three civic bodies. “Through this,we can ensure that the aspirations of all sections of the society are met,” an official said.

The intricacies of the rotation,however,are likely to be worked out at a later stage. “We have proposed that one corporation would have one woman Mayor,the other would have a Mayor from the Scheduled Caste,and the third would have somebody from the general category,” the official said.

The tenure-enhancement was proposed after an expert committee led by Dharmarajan,a former IAS officer,came out with a detailed policy paper outlining the contours of the new Municipal Act for Delhi. The latest move is part of wider civic reforms being prepared for implementation in the city.

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