Municipal Corporation of Delhi

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A backgrounder

Municipal Corporation of Delhi, a brief introduction
From: Dec 8, 2022: The Times of India

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Municipal Corporation of Delhi, a brief introduction

Administrative structure

As in 2023

February 24, 2023: The Times of India

Mayor | As the head of the deliberative wing of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the mayor’s role is akin to that of the assembly Speaker. The mayor, who chairs the proceedings of the House, gets discretionary funds and other facilities, and has the power to grant anticipatory approvals to proposals. He/she has full access to all records of the corporation and may seek a report from the commissioner on any matter connected with municipal governance.

Commissioner | The commissioner is the bureaucratic head of MCD and oversees the implementation of its policies and programmes. He/she prescribes the duties and supervises the work of all municipal officers, other than the municipal secretary and the chief auditor.

Standing Committee | The Standing Committee comprises six members elected by the councillors at the House’s first meeting and 12 others, one each from the zonal/ ward committees. These members can have a maximum term of two years. The retired members can, however, recontest the polls. Together, the Standing Committee is empowered to take decisions on all financial matters and appointments. 
House/corporation | The final sanction of funds, to be spent in the same financial year, for different projects comes from the House. The corporation may, at any time, call for records of the proceedings of the standing/wards/other committees. It can also ask the commissioner to furnish records, correspondence, plans or other documents in his possession or under his control. 


With the Standing Committee empowered to take decision on all financial matters, its role is pivotal. The budget estimates, for one, require the approval of the Standing Committee. Any alteration in the proposals need the nod of the Standing Committee. Even the commissioner requires the committee’s nod for various financial operations. For example, no contract that involves an expenditure exceeding an amount higher than permitted by the Centre from time to time, can be made by the commissioner unless the same is previously approved by the Standing Committee. All proposals are first approved by the committee before being placed in the House. The party having a majority in the Standing Committee will automatically have the say on all financial matters

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