Just when the much publicised fight between Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor (LG) Najeeb Jung and Chief Minister (CM) Arvind Kejriwal couldn’t get any better as regards the authority over Delhi, a central panel report suggests that more autonomy should be given to the Delhi government.
The most astonshing part of the panel report is that it was appointed by the Modi government and headed by former home secretary Madhukar Gupta. The panel submitted its report in October 2015 to the ministry of urban development but has not been made public yet.
The panel report contains recomendations that the Delhi state government be given more authority and greater control over matters concerning land, a larger representation in the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) board and more powers to plan the city’s transport requirements. The panel also suggests a state government run housing board which will assess the housing requirements.
The panel is in favor of curtailing the power of DDA which is the primary land owner and developer across the city and which reports to the union government.