In a populist move ahead of the municipal elections to be held next year, the BJP-led MCD has decided to reserve 85% of its vacancies for Delhiites.
The proposal — which gives priority to Delhi residents for a job in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) — was cleared in the meeting of the MCD House on Monday.
“Top-notch education, health facilities and corporate houses are available in the city because of which employment opportunities are also available here. But in spite of trained local candidates available for jobs, the percentage
of unemployment is rising. Whenever recruitment is conducted for jobs, local domicile candidates are comparatively very few as they have to compete with candidates across the country. Hence, only domicile candidates of Delhi
be recruited in MCD subject to their eligibility,” states the proposal.
The proposal has been sent to the municipal commissioner to come up with the criteria as to what will define the characteristics of being a Delhiiite. For instance being born in Delhi, or having lived in Delhi for a specific period of time.
“The proposal has been approved in principal but some of its elements are yet to be worked out. An official preamble will also be tabled soon,” said Subhash Arya, leader of the MCD House.
The civic agency has taken the plea that just as local residents of neighbouring states such as Haryana and Himachal Pradesh have an 85% domicile quota, residents of Delhi should also be given similar preference.
MCD has a workforce of more than 1.5 lakh and will be coming up with new vacancies soon. The proposal extends to class III and class IV employees.
“This will also help us tide over the shortage of staff in MCD,” added Arya.
In the proposal, the MCD also argues that the domain of the welfare services that it proves are restricted only to the residents of Delhi and does not extend to any other state and the income that it generates comes from its own sources.