Staff Reporter

Asks Home Ministry to submit note on giving more powers to Delhi Government

  • Steps needed to grant full statehood: Sheila
  • Party being blamed for the mess: MLA

    NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday assured a delegation of MLAs, led by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, that the Centre would take all possible legislative measures to provide relief to the lakhs of people affected by the ongoing sealing drive in the capital.

    During the hour-long interaction, Dr. Singh directed the Home Ministry to submit a note on delegating more powers to the Delhi Government.

    He sought a detailed note on the progress made on the Omesh Saigal Committee report on the working of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and the Ashok Pradhan Committee report on more powers for the Delhi Government.

    Assuring the MLAs that the Union Government would do everything possible to sort out the issue, Dr. Singh stated that whatever legislative measures were required would be taken and it would not hesitate to approach the judiciary.

    Earlier, briefing the Prime Minister, Ms. Dikshit said concrete steps were needed to grant full statehood to Delhi so that it got more powers to take decisions for the city and its people.

    Demanding that both the Delhi Development Authority and the MCD be brought under the Delhi Government, Ms. Dikshit sought a helping hand in resolving the problems faced by traders.

    Pradesh Congress Committee president Ram Babu Sharma urged Dr. Singh to introduce an "amnesty scheme" to resolve all issues, and also notify the new Master Plan for Delhi-2021.

    Mahabal Mishra, MLA, said the Congress was passing through a bad phase and the common man was blaming the party for all the mess.

    Possible solutions

    Stating that grant of full statehood and regularisation of unauthorised colonies were among the solutions, Mr. Mishra urged the Prime Minister to sympathetically consider measures to end the sealing exercise.

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