The Delhi government on Wednesday clarified that it has already disbursed funds to the municipal corporations for the payment of salaries and that all the three commissioners of the corporations had given it in writing that they had received the amount.
Reacting to the strike called by municipal employees over the non-payment of salaries, the government spokesperson said, “North MCD has received Rs 892.92 crore, East Rs 465 crore and South MCD Rs 668 crore from the Delhi government this financial year for payment of employees’ salaries. Commissioners of all three MCDs confirmed in presence of Delhi government officials on January 15 that they have received the entire amount meant for salaries. The three MCDs have an outstanding loan of Rs 5908 crore, which they owe to Delhi Government. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has already announced a moratorium on this loan.”
Delhi tourism minister Kapil Mishra also alleged that the corporations had Rs 300 crore that they are not spending.
“You are creating a drama. What happened to the money the corporations get from parking, advertising, house tax, toll tax, and property conversion? What happened to the money? Why aren’t you paying the poor employee? This points towards deep-rooted corruption. There is also a conspiracy hatched by BJP to bring shame to the city and to force Delhiites to live in filth” he said.
The municipal corporations, where the BJP is in power, is planning to file a contempt of court petition against the AAP government for the alleged non-release of fund, Delhi BHP chief Satish Upadhyay said.
The mayor of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, meanwhile, called Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal mad. “He should go to a mental hospital instead of naturopathy,” said the mayor Ravindra Gupta, taking a dig at the CM’s medical visit to Bangalore which started Wednesday.
The municipal employees’ indefinite strike started on Wednesday. The municipal employees also led a protest near Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s house in the morning. The protestors, approximately 500 in number, raised slogans and burned an effigy of Kejriwal holding him responsible for the delay in salary payments. The protestors were soon stopped by the Delhi Police. According to the protestors, they now plan to sit on an indefinite strike at Jantar Mantar until their salaries and arrears are paid in full.