Centre promulgates ordinance to constitute National Capital Civil Services Authority
Centre on 19th May promulgated an ordinance to create a National Capital Civil Service Authority that will have the power to recommend the transfer and posting of all Group A officers serving in Delhi.
An overview of the news
The Ordinance, 2023 is being seen as an attempt to nullify last week's judgment by a constitution bench of the Supreme Court, which had handed over the reins of "services" to the Delhi government.
The court then underlined the importance of the mandate of the people in a democracy expressed through an elected government.
With a view to constitute this Authority for transfer of 'Group-A' officers of 'DANICS' (Delhi, Andaman-Nicobar, Lakshadweep, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli (Civil) Services) Cadre, the Central Government has issued thisOrdinance.
The Authority will be headed by the Chief Minister of Delhi and will include the Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary, Home.
All matters to be decided by the Authority shall be decided by a majority of the members present and voting.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has alleged that the Centre's ordinance on transfer of bureaucrats in Delhi is "unconstitutional" and a move to usurp the powers given to the Delhi government by the Supreme Court in service matters.
This, effectively, means two bureaucrats, appointed by the Centre, could over-rule the elected CM.
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