The Delhi Assembly on Thursday approved the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board Bill, 2010, and the Indian Stamp (Delhi Amendment) Bill, 2010, by voice vote before it was adjourned sine dine for the Budget Session.

While replying to the debate on Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) Bill, Urban Development Minister A.K. Walia said in the past few decades Delhi has witnessed a very rapid pace of immigration and urbanisation, which has added great urgency and importance to the activities being undertaken through the Slum and JJ Department of the MCD.

Given the range and magnitude of the task, which the existing Slum and JJ Wing is required to perform, he said, there was a clear need for lending it support and conferring statutory powers, particularly to enable it to fulfil its role in katras and jhuggi jhonpris.

He said the DUSIB Act, 2010, has been processed to be enacted with approval of the Assembly for the establishment of a separate statutory body to succeed the present Slum and JJ Department of the MCD so that the issues being handled by it could be tackled on an emergent basis.

The Bill, he said, provides for a creation of a DUSIB as a body corporate under the statutory control of the Delhi Government.

The Board will have the Chief Minister as its chairperson. An appropriate measure of government control has also been built into the provisions which also seek to provide for all necessary matters regarding the constitution of the Board, its finances and its powers.

The Assembly also approved the Indian Stamp (Delhi Amendment) Bill, 2010. Dr. Walia while stating the objects of the Bill stated that with the expansion of business transactions and fast-growing technology, new kinds of transaction derivative and non-derivative are being used in Delhi and this was causing a loss to the exchequer.

While there is no provision of stamp duty on e-transactions (demat transactions), stock exchange and association in Stamp Act till date, he said, now the new Bill has brought these under the Stamp Act so that stamp duty could be charged on electronic transactions.

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