BJP to raise Fourth Finance Commission issue

The BJP has decided to raise in the next Assembly session the issue of payment of the civic bodies’ dues and implement the Fourth State Finance Commission’s recommendations.

“The party will ask the Delhi government to release Rs 3,000 crore which is due to the three MCDs so that they can serve the Delhiites better,” said Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Legislative Assembly Vijender Gupta. “It will also help improve the poor financial condition of the civic agencies.”

The issue of DDA’s property tax dues is subjudiced, he added. “A case is pending in the Supreme Court regarding the funds which the Delhi government is asking the municipal corporations to collect from the DDA and a stay order has also been issued by the court,” he said in a statement.

“The DDA has knocked on the court’s door to object to the higher property tax imposed by municipal corporations. The Delhi government seems to be hiding this from the sanitation workers and the people of Delhi to exploit the situation for narrow political gains and seems to have no interest in public welfare,” he added.

The Delhi government owes Rs 800 crore to the East Delhi Municipal Corporation while the South Delhi Municipal Corporation is entitled to Rs 1,600 crore, he said.

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation is supposed to receive crore from the Delhi government as well.

“If the Delhi government provides the amount to the three municipal corporations then the financial condition of the civic agencies will be improved.”

“Due to adamant nature of the Delhi government, the sanitation workers sat on a 14-day strike in June. The government is intentionally not implementing the recommendations of the Fourth Finance Commission, due to which the financial condition of the three municipal corporations is in shambles.”

The Finance Commission was constituted with an objective of making the municipal corporations self reliant by providing them the global share of taxes.

“However the AAP government is hellbent on crippling the economic edifice of the three corporations. According to the commission’s recommendation the Global Share of Local Self Govts is 12.5 per cent, but the AAP government wants to give only four per cent.”

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