Stung by chief minister Sheila Dikshit’s series of announcements on social welfare schemes in the budget and the Aam Aadmi Party’s promises for the poor, the BJP too has decided to join the bandwagon.
The North Delhi Corporation, which had not given pensions to senior citizens, widows, disabled persons and eunuchs for one year, has now decided to release the funds immediately.
It is trying to ensure that the councillors’ funds, which are given on a yearly basis, are available to them soon so that a big chunk of that amount can be spent before the assembly elections.
The agency’s political wing has taken up the matter with the executive wing and asked them to release the funds soon so that development work can start soon.
“Councillors are given Rs.1 crore every year to carry out development work in their wards. The political brass has asked us to expedite the process of granting the funds to the councillors,” said a senior corporation official.
Every month, the civic agency provides a pension of Rs.1,000 to each entitled person.
“A number of applications were pending and we were able to release the sum for only April and June 2012. We have now decided to release the entire amount till December 2012. Next month, we will clear this year’s dues too,” said Mahender Nagpal, leader of the House, North Delhi Corporation.
Sources said the BJP will not leave anything to chance and is hoping to replicate the same success formula of the municipal elections held last year.
This formula includes highlighting the positive work undertaken by the three corporations.
The three corporations have also been asked to ensure that the area councillors make regular visits to their wards.