MCD's political wing on Thursday questioned the authenticity of the Delhi Government's claim that the agency was running into losses to the tune of Rs 500 crore in the last five years due to "ghost employees".
Delhi mayor, Rajni Abbi, chairman of MCD's standing committee Yogender Chandolia and Leader of the MCD House Subhash Arya refuted these arguments. They said that oral statements made by Delhi government's Standing Counsel Najmi Waziri in the Delhi High Court in the "ghost employees' case find no mention in the enquiry report dated May 3, 2011. The report was submitted by Vivek Gogia, Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police.
"Obviously, Najmi Waziri's statement is based on his personal whims and fancies. The Delhi government should file an affidavit in the high court stating on oath the oral statement made before the court," said Abbi.
The enquiry report says that during verification, 2,691 substitute safai karamcharies were found absent. The report does not contain anything about the regular employees, thus, implying that the issue is confined only to substitute safai karamcharies. The enquiry report mentions nothing about "the financial loss running into almost Rs 500 crores," Abibi added.
They also said that Najmi Waziri's statement was a political ploy to defame the MCD. Questioning the statement, Arya said that the matter was under the Delhi High Court's consideration. "On what basis did Waziri arrive at the figure when there was no mention of it in the enquiry report?" he asked.
Arya said that the MCD was fully cooperating with the Delhi Police Crime Branch and whosoever was found guilty must be taken to task. He said that the civic agency had introduced the biometric system of attendance in 2008 and that people who have not been marking their attendance are not getting salaries. "Therefore, to say that Rs 500 crore spent on an average of Rs 99.33 crore for the past five years is a baseless and diversionary tactic," he added.