The bill that aims to replace the Center’s regulation on the control of services in Delhi was approved by the Union Cabinet on Tuesday. By issuing an ordinance on May 19, the Centre moved to overturn a Supreme Court decision that had granted the Delhi government administrative authority over matters relating to employees, including the transfer and posting of officers.
The proposed law will repeal the ordinance and solidify Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena’s authority to veto Delhi’s decisions on service-related issues and send back files for review. The order aims to establish a National Capital Civil Service Authority for the transfer of Group-A officers from the Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar, Lakshadweep, Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli (Civil) Services (DANICS) cadre as well as disciplinary actions against them.
On July 23, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Raghav Chadha wrote to Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar urging him not to allow the bill that seeks to replace the Centre’s ordinance to be introduced in the Upper House of Parliament. Chadha called the Bill “unconstitutional” and urged the Rajya Sabha chairman to direct the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Centre to withdraw it and “save the Constitution”.