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Home ministry holds no power to declare CNG scam probe illegal: Delhi govt

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: The Delhi government said on Wednesday, that the Union Home Ministry does not hold the authority to declare the city government’s probe into an alleged CNG fitness scam as illegal.

manish-sisodiaIn reply to a letter by Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, which conveyed the home ministry’s view about the probe in the alleged multi-crore rupee scam, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the Delhi government was neither a “subordinate department” of the home ministry nor “accountable” to it.

“Under the constitution, the Ministry of Home Affairs does not have the powers to declare any order of Government of NCT of Delhi (GNCTD) as void,” Sisodia said in the letter. “It is only the judiciary which has power to declare any order of GNCTD null and void,” he added.

“Ministry of Home Affairs seems to be attempting to encroach the domain of judiciary, which is dangerous,” Sisodia said in the letter.

A Central Bureau of Investigation probe had revealed irregularities in awarding the contract of operation and maintenance of inspection and certification of CNG vehicles — thereby causing a loss of Rs.100 crore to the Delhi government.

With inputs from IANS

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30 Doorstep Services Offered By Delhi Government AAP

Delhi government offers 30 more doorstep services

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AAP brings 70 doorstep services for delhi residents. IANS

People living in Delhi can now avail 30 more services at their doorstep, including adding members in ration card, paying the motor vehicle tax and getting a DTC pass, taking the total number of such services to 70. The second phase of the doorstep delivery of public services, the official launch of which is yet to take place, has been rolled out.

Residents can dial 1076 and get the service by paying Rs 50 extra, an official from Delhi’s Administrative Reforms told IANS. The new services include booking a tour package through Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corp.

In September 2018, the Delhi government had launched the doorstep delivery of 40 public services to make things easy for the common man. In the first phase, people got certificates of marriage, caste, domicile, income, births and deaths among others at their doors.

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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal plans to offer 100 services delivered at people’s doorsteps. IANS

Driving license, new water or sewer connection and disconnection were also provided under the scheme which functions between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. through a ‘Mobile Sahayak’. The government had planned to roll out more services by February but they got delayed.

“Once the second phase is on track, steps to start the third phase will be initiated,” the official said. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has plans to have at least 100 services delivered at people’s doorsteps, the official said.

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Aam Aadmi Party leader Atishi told IANS: “The plan initially was to take things online but we realised that people find it more easy to call a number and get the services instead of doing things online.” The tenure of the Kejriwal government will end on February 2020. (IANS)