At least 50 widows and senior citizens, who had gone to encash their pension cheques issued by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), were taken aback after they had to return empty-handed as the cheques had bounced.
The cash-hit MCD has started distributing pension cheques for April, May and June 2010, without having enough cash in its coffers. Municipal commissioner KS Mehra has been requested to sort out the matter.
Leader of the Opposition in the House, Jai Kishen Sharma, raised the issue at the Standing Committee meeting on Wednesday. He said many people had complained about the bouncing of cheques.
“In the past few days, cheques have been distributed to some 700 people in my ward at Najafgarh. So far, 50 people have complained about cheques bouncing,” he said.
The civic body gives Rs 1,000 a month each to around two lakh widows, senior citizens and the disabled. The beneficiaries of the MCD pension scheme are selected following a recommendation by the area councillor.
While residents in some areas have received the cheques, many wards are yet to even start the distribution process, which is almost delayed by a year. Some of the areas where cheques are yet to be distributed include Vasundhara Enclave, Naraina and Kotla Mubarakpur. In East of Kailash, the distribution process has started and no complaint has been received as of now. “In my area distribution has been delayed,” said Prabha Singh, councillor, Vasundhara Enclave.