New Delhi: Parliament passed the Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill, 2019 yesterday, 3 December. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, G. Kishan Reddy addressed the Rajya Sabha and said that the bill has been brought to provide for the merger of Uunion Territories of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, in view of fruitful utilization of manpower, improved administrative efficiency, reduced administrative expenditure, and improved service delivery as well as to facilitate better monitoring of schemes. It would also ensure better cadre management of employees, he added.
Reddy said that there will be no change in administration and service conditions and reservation. Similarly, there will be no change in the status of Group III and IV employees. The merger will bring about administrative convenience, speedy development and effective implementation of Central and state government schemes.
The new entity will be called the UT of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu and will be governed under the jurisdiction of the Bombay High Court, he added.
Informing about the rationale behind bringing the amendment, Reddy said that there are two secretariats and parallel departments which consume infrastructure and manpower in each Union territory.
The Administrator, Secretaries, and Heads of certain departments function in both the Union territories on alternate days, affecting their availability to people and monitoring functioning of subordinate staff. The subordinate employees of both the Union territories are separate.
Further, various departments of the Government of India have to co-ordinate with both the Union Territories separately, causing duplication of works.
Having two separate Constitutional and administrative entities in both the Union Territories leads to lot of duplicity, inefficiency and wasteful expenditure. This also causes unnecessary financial burden on the Government.
Besides these, there are various challenges for cadre management and career progression of employees. Availability of more officers and infrastructure will help in more efficient implementation of flagship schemes of the government, Reddy said.
The bill was earlier passed by Lok Sabha on 27 November 2019.