BJP councillors march to Delhi Secretariat over their dues
Around 200 BJP councillors took out a protest march from the Civic Centre to the Delhi Secretariat on Friday morning, demanding the AAP government to clear dues totaling Rs. 9,195 crore.
Leader of House of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, Tilak Raj Kataria, said the AAP government was yet to pay the civic body Rs. 3649.48 crore under various heads. “This is hampering several development,” he said.
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) standing committee chairman, Bhupender Gupta, said the Delhi government owes about R 1,500 crore to the civic body with regard to implementation of the recommendations of the Fourth Finance Commission.
The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) said the government has to pay them Rs 2,900 crore. “We are tired of writing letters to the chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, and his cabinet members,” said Sandeep Kapoor, standing committee chairman of EDMC.
Kataria said the councillors handed over a joint memorandum to the CM’s secretary as they were told that he was not present in his office at that time.
A Delhi government spokesperson rubbished the councilors’ claims and said, “They have been making claims regarding funds for a decade now. They have been to various courts and received no relief. This is because there is no legal evidence which shows that we have any dues.”
The four Delhi government agencies running the liquor stores are Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation, Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation, Delhi Consumer’s Cooperative Wholesale Store, and Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd.
According to the LG office, the government in 2015 rejected an excise department proposal to reduce the number of dry days from 23 to three days in a year in line with nearby states which observed only three dry days in a year.
Haryana government's efforts to rejuvenate dried-up rivers bore fruit with the rejuvenation of the Rakshi river after almost 25 years. The recuperation of the 32-km-long stretch of the river has brought a smile to thousands of farmers of 50 villages of Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra and Karnal districts as the flow of water will help recharge the groundwater in these villages.
While Safdarjung recorded only 2.7mm of rain through the day, moderate rainfall was recorded in south-west Delhi, with Palam receiving 33.3mm of rainfall till 5.30 pm, followed by 22.0mm at Ayanagar.
Urging the Union government to promote natural farming in the country, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday informed the NITI Aayog that the Haryana government has been taking steps to encourage farmers to switch from chemical farming to natural farming. The chief minister said that the state government is completely focused on promoting natural farming in the state and that farmers should also be encouraged for the same.