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Centre may 'attack' house committees: AAP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Ahead of the Assembly's Monsoon session, the (AAP) today feared an "attack" on house committees by the Centre for "targeting" corruption in departments.

"The House Committees and the are two different entities and the role of the former is the make the latter more accountable," Saurabh Bharadwaj, who is also the chairman of the Petition's Committee said in a Live.

He further added that the responsibility of an is towards his electors and if the is not able to "discharge" its duties then the house committees have to fix the accountability.

In an informal discussion with reporters at the party office last month, two senior leader had said that the government will use the Assembly "route" to make its officers more accountable.

Attacking the Centre, Bharadwaj said it has the "track record" to "leash" Delhi government's attempt to counter corruption.

"Looking at the Centre's track record, it appears that its next attack would be on these House Committees," said senior leader Atishi Marlena, who was also a part of the Live.

Bharadwaj also alleged that the BJP leaders have been openly giving statements, advocating disbanding these committees.

Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Vijender Gupta has alleged that the government was adopting "unconstitutional measures" and "repressing" the opposition as well as senior government officials.

Gupta had also said he would also raise the issue of House Committees in the monsoon session, starting tomorrow, and questioned their way of functioning.

The Delhi Legislative Assembly has formed several House Committees to "ensure" accountability of the government officers.

In the past two months, the Committee on Petitions had summoned PWD Secretary Ashwani Kumar as well as Delhi Chief Secretary M M Kutty and Health Secretary Madhup Vyas to discuss the status of desilting of drains under the Public Works Department (PWD) and supply of medicines in government hospitals respectively.

The panel on desilting of drains also recommended divesting Kumar of his responsibilities as the PWD and Vigilance secretary and asked Kutty to submit an action taken report to the House within a month.

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First Published: Mon, August 07 2017. 22:48 IST