Union Cabinet Okays fresh amendments to Code of Conduct for ministers

In a bid to curb the misuse of bureaucrats by ministers for political motives, both at the Centre and in the states, the government approved fresh amendments to a 50-year-old Code of Conduct for Ministers.

What are the approved amendments to the Code of Conduct for Ministers?

As a fresh amendment to the Code of Conduct for Ministers (CCM), a new clause aimed at checking the political executive from misusing bureaucrats for political purposes will be added to the CCM. As per Cabinet’s proposal, it will also help check civil servants from cultivating political backing. The new Paragraph 2 (f) will now read as: “After taking office, and so long as he remains in office, the minister shall:- uphold the political impartiality of the civil services and not ask the civil servants to act in any way which would conflict with the duties and responsibilities of the civil servants.”

Does Code of Conduct for Ministers have legal backing?

No. The CCM for Union Ministers, Chief Ministers and Ministers of the respective state governments has no legal backing. However, the current proposal expects all the ministers to adhere to the instructions mentioned in the document scrupulously. ,

When will the fresh CCM come into effect?

While the new clause will come into effect at the Centre immediately, it will be sent to the state governments for their adoption.

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Lieutenant Governor (LG) Najeeb Jung recommended imposition of President’s rule in Delhi

Lieutenant Governor (LG) Najeeb Jung has recommended imposition of President’s rule in Delhi among other options as the impasse continued over formation of a new government in Delhi after a suspended verdict with no party ready to assume power.

In his report submitted to the President, Jung listed Central rule with the Assembly being kept in suspended animation as one of the options. As per the report, none of the party is in a position to form the government and so far there is no clarity on government formation. It also noted that AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal sought more time for further consultations.

Hence, Jung has suggested that the President’s rule should be imposed in Delhi by keeping the Assembly under suspended animation till any government is formed. If no party comes forward to stake claim to form the government, the President’s rule can be imposed in the next two days.

What has happened so far?

In the recently held Assembly Elections in Delhi for 70 seats, no party could secure clear mandate of 36 seats. As per the results, BJP won 31 seats along with its ally Akali Dal got 32 seats, AAP clinched 28 seats followed by Congress 8 seats. BJP has already refused to form the government citing “lack of clear mandate”. At this point AAP has become a key player as its support to BJP or Congress can facilitate in government formation. Though AAP is ready to support any of these two parties but has some conditions. As a condition for its support, AAP’s chief Arvind Kejriwal made 18 suggestions to be implemented by the government forming party in Delhi. Of 18 suggestions the Congress is ready to implement 16 but is opposed to two of it. Hence, the stalemate persists.

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