1. Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party govt denies financial aid to MCD; asks to seek Centre’s help

Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party govt denies financial aid to MCD; asks to seek Centre’s help

Delhi Government today denied any financial aid to the cash-strapped civic agencies and asked them to seek...

By: | New Delhi | Updated: March 22, 2015 12:25 PM
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Arvind Kejriwal told the mayors to do municipal reforms to generate more money to overcome the financial crisis. (PTI)

Delhi Government today denied any financial aid to the cash-strapped civic agencies and asked them to seek the Centre’s help.

A delegation of three mayors of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led municipal corporations in the national capital met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at the Delhi Secretariat seeking funds as the civic agencies are facing acute financial crunch.

“The North Corporation is under a loan of Rs 1,400 crore so we demanded Rs 302 which is part of our global share for the year 2014-15 from the Delhi Government. They denied it and claimed that they have adjusted the money in our loan,” North Delhi Municipal Corporation Mayor Yogender Chandolia said.

The delegation claimed that the financial situation of three civic agencies has deteriorated after the trifurcation.

“We requested Delhi Government to give Rs 302 crore so that we can pay salaries and meet other expenses. At present, 70 per cent of educational expenses are paid by Delhi Government, but to pay pension to retired teaching staff we requested them to increase this share to 90 per cent,” Chandolia said.

The Mayors claimed that efforts are being made to generate money but to make the civic agencies run they need financial assistance.

The delegation claimed that the financial situation of three civic agencies has deteriorated after the trifurcation.

The delegation claimed that the financial situation of three civic agencies has deteriorated after the trifurcation.

According to a senior government official, the Chief Minister expressed his willingness to help but the Delhi government too is reeling under financial crisis, so it is unable to help them.

Kejriwal told the mayors to do municipal reforms to generate more money to overcome the financial crisis. “The Delhi Government’s financial situation is not good as there was a deficit of Rs 4,000 crore in revenue target during the last one year, the period when the city was being run by BJP-led Union Government,” Kejriwal in a press statement said.

The CM suggested the delegation to approach the BJP government at the Centre for funds. “If the central government grants the funds to us it will be transferred to municipal bodies within hours,” Kejriwal said.

According the senior government official, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia will soon meet Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to seek funds. The municipal corporations too are planning to seek appointment of Jaitley.

South Delhi Mayor Khushi Ram Chunar said the Delhi government should release an amount of Rs 3,150 crore to the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) for regularisation of 10,500 Group ‘D’ employees.

He said that these employees are posted in different categories like ‘safai karmacharies’, ‘malis’, ‘chowkidar’ and ‘malaria beldar’, among others.

All these are posted as daily wagers or on contract for more than 10 years.

The south Delhi Mayor also claimed that under various schemes timely grants have not released by the Delhi government to the corporations.

“After implementation of the ‘Unit Area Method’ in 2004, the then (Delhi) government had assured us to compensate the losses due to its implementation but it has been pending since 2005-06,” he said, and asked the government to release all grants under various heads with “immediate effect”.

He said that till 2007-08 Delhi government was giving 5.5 per cent to the municipal corporations under the ‘Global Share of Taxes’. It was reduced to 4 per cent, and 1.5 per cent is kept under the Municipal Reform Fund (MRF).

“In 2012-13, under MRF Rs 60 crore was released against demand of Rs 135 crore and since 2013-14 no MRF has been released to the corporation. We demand an immediate release of the MRF to the corporation,” he said in an SDMC statement.

He claimed that corporations are carrying out works in authorised colonies, unauthorised colonies and rural village areas but no fund is being released to us under these schemes as grants.

He said that under plan schemes multi-level parkings, roads, schools, community centre and RUB, bridges are being done but the government is “not releasing” fund in timely manner leading to delay in projects.

“The government should release the pending amount of Rs 1,200 crore in different head categories immediately and also Rs 3,150 crore in addition to it for regularisation of Group ‘D’ employees of the corporations,” he said.

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    Selva
    Mar 22, 2015 at 11:24 am
    was it a part of their manifesto before winning elections? seeking istance from center??? was it not the duty of this AAP govt to generate revenue??
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    1. Ajay Munot
      Mar 22, 2015 at 10:10 am
      Correct. Kejriwal is not responsible for BJP ruled MCD's corruption. Once the previous deals r settled, Kejriwal should start helping them.
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        arvind
        Mar 23, 2015 at 12:13 pm
        let corrupt MCD's ruled by BJP rot. AAP gov should not give them fund.
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        1. chandrakanth prasanna
          Mar 26, 2015 at 1:26 am
          aaptard AK - now you need power at centre to get revenue for Delhi ..you are crying about deficits ? Do you know. The deficit you invited by giving water and electricity free ? Who is responsible for that ? modi responsible for irresponsible election promise you made ? Revoke statehood of Delhi ..
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            sunil
            Mar 31, 2015 at 10:46 pm
            Delhi pays in income taxes alone 65000 crore in which only 350 approx is given back by center , over that the state is run by VAT , which you see as 40000 crores
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              ketan
              Mar 22, 2015 at 3:12 pm
              good to know bhakts view dumb***
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                Nitin
                Mar 22, 2015 at 10:14 am
                So this meaning that BJP stop proving aids to all non-bjp ruling states.. Awesome what a logic. Earlier we Indians discriminate on caste and religion and now taking step ahead. Good to know Aaptards view.
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                  RagBag
                  Mar 22, 2015 at 4:25 pm
                  A foolish and stupid answer, considering the fact that the AAP throws accusations without proof. They are liars, nothing else.
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                    Ramaj
                    Mar 30, 2015 at 6:47 pm
                    The reason for creating a ruckus within the party is only divert and gain sympathy from the public. The Rajat Gupta affiliate has been a failure and the 67 seats has created hypertension and a false belief that people are mesmerised by him. It is because of Congress votes, he has come back to power. When the people who were appeased for 67 years can ditch the Congress, how long is it going to take for them to shift allegiance? It may be a trap to finish him off knowing fully well that he cannot manage anything. He will come back to agitation mode once again on Statehood and other issues, for which he may even create communal flare up in the Capital. The Union Govt should be watchful on AAPtards, they may do anything to vitiate the atmosphere so that he can continue with his blame game and shirking of responsibility.
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                      Taslima
                      Mar 25, 2015 at 9:53 am
                      Bachakani baatein Natwarlal ki!!!
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                        Taslima
                        Mar 25, 2015 at 9:50 am
                        Natwarlal stinker AK49 thinks that he can run Delhi just on his IQ, and there is no need to generate the revenues. He is postponing the budget by seeking a temporary vote on account, but the financial situation is going to get worse and he will run Delhi on only vote on account. If he presents a full fledged budget, his shortcomings will be exposed. Now the Natwarlal is in catch 22 situation, he can neither run away nor he can run the state. RIP beta kacharu.
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