Mayors slam Kejri's 'false' funds claim

With the ongoing strike entering the eighth day, mayors of the civic agencies said the city government is misleading people of Delhi by giving false information about releasing funds to corporations to give salaries to sanitation workers.

The city government owes over Rs 975 crore to the civic agencies, they said.
The three mayors came together in the backdrop of full-page advertisements given by the city governments on the ongoing strike by sanitation workers.

“The city government has paid all the funds it is supposed to give to civic agencies. I request three corporations to accept the demand of the sanitation workers and I appeal to the unions to call off their strike as people are suffering,” said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in an open letter to ‘aam aadmi’.

Standing Committee Chairman of South Delhi Municipal Corporation Radhay Shayam Sharma said the civic agencies have been seeking funds from Delhi government and delegations met Chief Minister but to no avail.

The south civic agency is planning to file a petition in the High Court seeking funds from Delhi government, he added.

South Delhi Mayor Subhash Arya said the Chief Minister in his misleading advertisements put the blame on the DDA saying it owes Rs 1,500 crore to civic agencies whereas many Delhi government departments owe crores to corporations.

He demanded that Kejriwal must release the amount owed to civic agencies by the Delhi government departments immediately so that safai karmcharis arrears can be cleared.

“The city government is giving false information that it has given 200 per cent funds to the civic bodies whereas the departments of Delhi government like Delhi TRANSCO, BSES Rajdhani, Education Department owe huge amount to civic agencies,” he added.

Arya said the city government is not implementing Fourth Finance Commission’s Report lying with it and playing politics on the issue of funds.

“Instead of allocating Rs 536 crore for advertisements, the government should release the funds on time so that safai karmcharis’ issus can be resolved,” he said.

On Friday last, sanitation workers’ unions went on strike demanding clearance of arrears, cashless health cards and regularisation of contractual workers.

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