After deadlock, Delhi govt gives nod to coordination with new services panel

NEW DELHI | Updated: 16 August, 2023 6:35 pm IST
Atishi Marlena Minister of Education of Delhi

NEW DELHI: Delhi’s services and vigilance minister, Atishi, has taken steps to establish a mechanism aimed at fostering better coordination between the National Capital Civil Services Authority (NCCSA) and various departments of the Delhi government. This move signals the resumption of regular NCCSA meetings as per the designated schedule.

The NCCSA, established through a contentious Act, was vehemently opposed by the Aam Aadmi Party in parliament, citing concerns that it would encroach upon the powers of the elected government in the national capital. The party deemed the law ‘unconstitutional’. Despite these objections, the BJP-led central government managed to pass the ordinance in parliament, leveraging its majority.

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Elaborating on the details of the order during a media briefing, minister Atishi remarked, “In line with the GNCTD Act and the recently passed GNCTD (Amendment) Bill in Parliament, the ‘National Capital Civil Services Authority’ was established in Delhi to oversee the transfer and posting of government officials.”

“Unfortunately, meetings of the authority have been stalled for the past several months due to an impasse between officers and the government. Nevertheless, the Kejriwal government is committed to upholding the authority of India’s Constitution and has directed the resumption of these meetings on a regular basis.”

She further said: “Despite our ongoing challenge to this bill in the Supreme Court, we will continue to comply with it as long as it remains a legally enacted law by the Indian Parliament. The authority’s meetings will persist regularly unless new orders are issued by the Supreme Court.”

She further emphasized that this decision was taken to ensure efficient coordination between the departments of the Delhi government and the National Capital Civil Services Authority, thereby ensuring uninterrupted public services.

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Minister Atishi underscored, “We have presented our challenge to the Supreme Court. The core issue remains before the Supreme Court, namely whether the central government can supersede the authority of an elected state government through an ordinance or a bill. We anticipate that the constitutional bench of the Supreme Court will handle this matter with the same gravitas and promptness as it did with the Ordinance case.”

Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal serves as the chairperson of NCCSA.

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