New Delhi: The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), responsible for the upkeep of civic amenities in the Lutyens Delhi area, has been reconstituted after the government dissolved the previous council citing its “persistent performance default".

NDMC, which was constituted in January 2011, was dissolved due to several reasons including power revenue losses and unresolved problems of illegal squatters in the council area, said a notification issued by the ministry of home affairs (MHA). It cited “personnel mismanagement in the New Delhi Municipal Council in respect of categories of workers such as casual, daily wages, muster roll, temporary muster roll, regular muster roll, contract workers, etc".

Following its dissolution, all duties conferred and imposed upon the council will be performed by Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Jalaj Shrivastava, who was working as NDMC chairman, the notification said. The MHA had asked the civic body to replace its members Tajdar Babar, Ashok Ahuja, Suka Ram and I.A. Siddique with Karan Singh Tanwar, B.S. Bhati, Anita Arya and Abdul Rashid Ansari, an MHA official said.

With the replacement of these members, the NDMC has been reconstituted, the official said. According to NDMC’s website, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Lok Sabha member from New Delhi Meenakshi Lekhi and Gole Market MLA (member of legislative assembly) Arvind Kejriwal , besides 10 other members, constitute the civic body.

The duration of the dissolved council was five years from the date of its first meeting, i.e. 31 January 2011. “The central government is of the opinion that the council has persistently been making default in the performance of the duties imposed on it by or under the New Delhi Municipal Council Act, 1994 (44 of 1994) and has failed to deliver efficient service to the public and generally in regard to the municipal administration," the order had said.

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