BJP seeks Jung's intervention in MCD crises

Blaming the city’s AA P government for creating a financial crises in the municipal corporations eyeing 2017 civic elections, the Delhi BJP asked Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Tuesday to direct it to release Rs 2,900 crore – the pending amount as per the Third Finance Commission.

A delegation led by Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party chief Satish Upadhyay and three mayors met the LG and urged him to “intervene in the matter and ensure the release of pending funds under the Third Finance Commission as an interim measure to restore civic services”.

“The matter is before the Delhi High Court which on January 7 directed the city government to release all pending funds as per the Third Finance Commission within four weeks,” said the delegation’s memorandum.

All the three municipal commissioners have been reminding the city government which is running a “shameful vicious campaign” by terming the non-Plan funds as the salary bill amount given to the civic bodies, it added.

Even while passing the Fourth Finance Commission report in the Delhi Assembly, “the city government has put unlawful riders and refuses to implement the financial recommendations”, it said.

The delegation also demanded property tax dues owed to three municipalities by many departments like Delhi Transco, power distribution companies, Delhi Jal Board and DDA.
North Corporation Mayor Ravinder Gupta said that the Delhi government has been misleading the people “by telling a lie that it has paid all due funds required to give salaries till March 2016”.

Taking a swipe at the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s demand of re-elections to the municipalities, he said, “The Delhi government should also be dissolved as it is not fulfilling its constitutionally mandatory obligations.”

“Chief Minister and his team has been spreading rumours that the municipal commissioners had said that the Delhi government did not owe any fund to municipal corporations.”

The mayor said that the commissioners had written to Delhi government seeking the due funds.
He added that North corporation required Rs 2,700 crore to distribute salaries per annum, while the city government has given it only Rs 890 crore.

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