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Centre returns 14 bills passed by Delhi government: ‘Did not obtain our approval’

The Delhi government did not obtain prior approval from the Centre before passing the 14 bills, which is why they were “returned to the Delhi government for correction”, said a Home Ministry official.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: June 25, 2016 8:55:37 am
The Delhi government did not obtain prior approval from the Centre before passing the 14 bills(File Photo)

Amid a blame game over the murder of NDMC officer M M Khan, the AAP government and the Centre seem to be on another collision course, after the latter returned 15 Bills approved by the State Assembly, citing procedural lapses. One of these bills is the AAP’s flagship Janlokpal Bill 2015.

According to a senior official in the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Bills were returned as the Delhi government did not seek prior approval from the Centre, as required by law, before tabling them in the House.

Sources said since Delhi is a Union Territory, the Bills should first have been vetted by the ministries concerned of the Union government to ascertain whether they might have financial implications or if they were in conflict with rules of the central government, said sources.

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On June 13, President Pranab Mukherjee had withheld assent to a Bill passed by the Delhi government in June 2015, to exempt the post of Parliamentary Secretary from the purview of office of profit with retrospective effect. The decision had raised questions about the fate of 21 AAP MLAs who hold the post of Parliamentary Secretaries.

The Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification Amendment) Bill, 2015, was forwarded by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to the Centre, which in turn had sent it to the President with its comments.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue, asking him “if he was not allowing the Assembly to function because he was not able to digest the defeat?”

According to sources, the Bills returned to the Delhi government over the last few weeks include the Janlokpal Bill 2015, the Minimum Wages (Delhi Amendment) Bill 2015, Delhi School (Verification Of Accounts and Refund of Excess Fee) Bill 2015, Delhi School Education (Amendment) Bill 2015, Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Delhi Amendment) Bill 2015 and a Bill related to working journalists.

The Bills returned by Centre:

* The Delhi Janlokpal Bill. Passed on December 4, 2015. n The Members of Legislative Assembly of GNCTD (salaries, allowances, pension etc) Amendment Bill. Passed on December 3, 2015. Seeks to hike salaries of MLAs.

* The Ministers of Legislative Assembly of GNCTD (salaries, allowances, pension etc) Amendment Bill. Passed on December 3, 2015. Seeks to hike salaries of ministers.

* The Speaker and Deputy Speaker in the Legislative Assembly (salaries, allowances, pension etc) Amendment Bill. Passed on December 3, 2015. Seeks to hike salaries of Speaker and Deputy Speaker.

* The Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly (salaries, allowances, pension etc) Amendment Bill. Passed on December 3, 2015. Seeks to hike salary of the LoP.

* The Salary Allowances of Chief Whip in National Capital Territory of Delhi. Passed on December 3, 2015. Seeks to hike salary of Chief Whip.

* The Delhi Netaji Subhas University of Technology Bill, 2015. Passed on June 24, 2015. Seeks to reconstitute and upgrade NSIT.

* Delhi School (Verification of Accounts and Refund of Excess Fee) Bill 2015. Passed on December 1, 2015. Seeks to verify accounts of schools.

* The Delhi School Education (Amendment Bill) 2015. Passed on December 1, 2015.

* The Right of Citizen to Time-bound Delivery of Services Amendment Bill, 2015. Passed on November 26, 2015. Seeks to provide time-bound delivery of services to citizens.

* Minimum Wages (Delhi) Amendment bill. Passed on December 3, 2015. Seeks to revise minimum wages.

* The Code of Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill. Passed on November 23, 2015. Seeks to increase magisterial powers in cases of suspicious disappearances, rapes in police custody, suspicious deaths etc.

* The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education, Delhi Amendment Bill . Passed on December 1, 2015. Seeks to do away with the no-detention policy which is in place till class VIII.

* Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board Amendment Act 2015. Passed on June 24, 2015.

* Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) Bill. Passed on June 24, 2015. The President had withheld assent to this Bill last week.

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