New Delhi: With the finances of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation in a grim state, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal intervened on behalf of the civic body to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. In its letter sent earlier this month, the LG asks the CM to “personally intervene” in the release of funds.
“Municipal corporations have been key stakeholders and partners in managing the Covid-19 pandemic for over a year and a half. However, the unavailability of sufficient funds due to deductions in company budget estimates remained a concern, ”Baijal wrote.
Sanjay Goel, commissioner of the North Corporation, said the Delhi government had cut disbursements by Rs 328.6 crore this year. He had written to LG stressing that while the state government had reduced its fund provision this year, the cost allowance liability had increased by Rs 240 crore. This only added to the shortage of funds, which had delayed wages and pensions by an amount of Rs 600 crore. ”
With the company unable to pay salaries for two months, Baijal told Kejriwal: “I will be grateful if the above request from the North Delhi Municipal Corporation for the release of Rs 328 crore can be viewed favorably in the public interest. broader to enable the company to make timely payment of wages to employees to enable uninterrupted delivery of essential public services.
Earlier, due to a strike called by doctors, paramedics and nurses over late pay and non-application of revised high cost allowances, six health centers managed by the northern company are having great difficulty in providing patient care, admitted Jogi Ram Jain. , chairman of the civic body’s standing committee, in another letter to LG. He also said that the state government has not released the funds requested in LG’s letter to the CM.
“In order to avoid any unpleasant situation due to a strike by health workers during the Covid pandemic, the northern company released the salaries of all doctors and other health workers for the months of September and October by delaying salaries from certain other staff and withhold the pension and salary of Group D staff, ”the letter explained.
Later, in a statement Wednesday, the state government issued a statement in response. “The Delhi government has already transferred all funds owed to the three MCDs in accordance with its constitutional obligations and not even a single rupee is withheld. The Center owes the companies 12,000 crore rupees, ”the statement said. “The Center grants grants to all municipal corporations across the country, based on a formula of Rs 488 per person of the population. However, it has not paid grants to the three MCDs for 17 years. In addition, thousands of crores of property tax arrears are also pending from various central government agencies and for free billboard advertisements. MCDs can pay their employees’ salaries by recovering these dues, but do not do so to extort and defame the Delhi government. ”