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Delhi assembly speaker refers sealing issue to special committee

The Speaker’s ruling came a day after the Assembly witnessed high drama between Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators and the opposition, which had led to four adjournments in a span of two hours on Monday.

delhi Updated: Jan 16, 2018 23:17 IST
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Hindustan Times
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The speaker directed commissioners of all the three corporations to appear before the committee, headed by MLA from Palam Bhavna Gaur, to examine the sealing issue.(Hindustan Times)

Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel on Tuesday referred issues related to the sealing drive and conversion charges to the Special Committee of the House and asked it to submit its report on the first day of the next session.

The speaker directed commissioners of all the three corporations to appear before the committee, headed by MLA from Palam Bhavna Gaur, to examine the issue.

Following the Speaker’s directions, the committee will convene its first meeting on Thursday to probe the sealing issue.

The Speaker’s ruling came a day after the Assembly witnessed high drama between Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators and the opposition, which had led to four adjournments in a span of two hours on Monday.

“I am referring the matter of collection and utilisation of conversion charges and all other related issues for examination and report by the special committee on MCDs. I direct the commissioners and all other officers of MCDs to depose before the committee as and when desired by the committee and state the truth,” Goel said in his ruling on day two of the session.

In the discussion, the AAP MLAs said the municipal corporations had no information regarding how and where they spent Rs 1,000 crore collected as conversion charge over the past 12 years.

Centre should waive off conversion charge

Labour minister Gopal Rai said the BJP government at the centre should do away with conversion charges to give relief to the traders.He said the centre should form a committee to look into the issue of conversion charges.

Responding to leader of opposition Vijender Gupta’s charges that the AAP government had “failed” to notify 351 roads where traders were living in fear of sealing, Rai said the civic bodies had already been asked to submit a detailed report on the issue by January 22.

“I want to assure the government will notify these 351 roads as soon as all three municipal bodies submit their responses. BJP is doing politics over sealing. The Centre should do away with conversion charges and settle the matter and give relief to city’s traders,” the labour minister said.

Urban development minister Satyendar Jain accused the BJP of “wrongdoing” and said it was troubling the traders through sealing drives.

“The BJP is not concerned about traders. It only wants to extort money from traders through the ongoing sealing drive,” Jain said.

Opposition criticises AAP govt

Gupta on Tuesday said the AAP government had failed to notify 351 roads under the mixed land use and commercial category despite several communications by MCD officials to the government in this connection.

“There are several letters where civic bodies have reminded the government about the notification of 351 roads, but it is yet to be done. AAP believes in lie and rule policy,” the BJP leader said.

A decision to notify the roads has been pending since 2007. The Delhi government in 2006 has notified 2,550 roads as commercial or mixed land use but 351 roads were left and for which the government has been blaming the MCDs citing “certain deficiencies” on the part of civic bodies.

First Published: Jan 16, 2018 23:15 IST