The long wait of pensioners will soon be over as the North Corporation has announced that it will release dues of six months by November 15.
This development will benefit 80,000 pensioners who have not received pensions for the past 27 months. The announcement was made by North Corporation mayor Sanjeev Nayyar at the general house meeting amid high drama.
Although the matter of pending dues was raised by the opposition, BJP councillors supported it and demanded for immediate release of funds.
“Every day, the pensioners approach us for their dues but we can’t do anything to help them. This is really unfortunate. We should do something to help them in festive season,” said Mukesh Goel, leader of opposition.
To this, commissioner PK Gupta assured to make the payment by November 15. However, he didn’t clarify the exact time period for which the payment will be made. This infuriated the opposition and they started shouting slogans against the corporation for its dillydallying attitude and delayed action on the issue. The house was adjourned for five minutes due to the commotion.
Goel alleged, “ The commissioner had filed an affidavit in the court saying that the north corporation is incapable of making payments due to a financial crunch. Thus, the court had asked the Delhi government to process the payment after receiving the lists of names from the municipal corporations. But nothing has moved so far.”
At last Nayyar promised to clearing the dues of six months to all pensioners by November 15.
Under the pension scheme of the municipal corporation, each councillor is authorised to select 750 people in their ward under different categories such as old age, widow, differently abled and destitute. They are given an amount of Rs 1,200 monthly as pension.