Sources said the Union Cabinet today approved a bill to replace the ordinance that allows the Center to take away the Delhi government’s control over the posting of officers. They said that the bill will be raised in the parliament soon.
The ordinance has become one of the latest flashpoints between the BJP and the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi. AAP, supported by Congress and other opposition parties, challenged the dispensation in the Supreme Court.
The government brings in an ordinance when Parliament is not in session but it has to be cleared by the legislature within six weeks of reconvening.
The Ordinance seeks to constitute a National Capital Civil Service Authority for the transfer of Group A officers from Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar, Lakshadweep, Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli (Civil) Services (DANICS) cadre. This will empower the organization to take disciplinary action against them.
AAP claimed that the ordinance defied the Supreme Court which ruled in favor of the state government. Disposing of the power conflict case in May, the court said the Delhi government should have control over the services and the lieutenant governor is bound by its decision.
The Supreme Court, which is now hearing the AAP government’s challenge to the ordinance, said last week that a five-judge constitution bench will examine whether Parliament can legislate to take away state control over services.