The cash-starved Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has not been able to pay the pension beneficiaries for last nine months, several councillors claimed on Monday.
One of them even started a sit in protest at the Town Hall, the civic body’s headquarters.
Burdened due to the Sixth Pay Commission arrears payments, the civic body has not been able to pay pension to its beneficiaries in time. The MCD pays Rs 1,000 per month to 750 beneficiaries in each ward under this scheme.
But pensioners from only a few wards have been paid the amount, that too only for October, November and December 2009. Rest of the amount is pending due to lack of funds.
“The situation has become so grave that people from my ward have not been given pension for the last nine months,” claimed Preeti, councillor from Vivek Vihar. The agitating lady was joined by another councillor, Surjeet Singh. “People from my area too have not got any pension,” he said.
“What can I do if your people have not got any pension? We have already released the pension for several people. Files are still under process,” said Mayor Prithviraj Sawhney.