'North Corpn will not abide by anti-Dalit rider'

 The Delhi government has anti-Dalit agenda as it has given funds to the two cash-strapped municipalities on a condition that no fresh recruitment be done by them particularly for Group-IV category which comprises safai karamcharis and beldars, said North Corporation Mayor Ravinder Gupta on Monday.

Gupta, Standing Committee Chairman Mohan Bhardwaj and Leader of House Yogender Chandolia slammed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for imposing “anti-Dalit conditions” in lieu of funds being given to North and East corporations.

They said the corporation will not abide by such discriminatory conditions.
The mayor said the Kejriwal government is doubled-faced as it had promised to regularise the contractual employees of the municipalities and now it has imposed a condition that safai karamcharis and beldars engaged on temporary basis should be discontinued in a phased manner within a year.

The chairman of the standing committee said the AAP government is trying to paralyse the corporations by limiting their scope of development schemes by reducing man power. The corporations have also been told not to undertake a development project without the approval of the city government, he added.

“In the eyes of media and public, the Delhi government has presented itself as a messiah by offering funds to the corporations. But people must know the anti-Dalit and anti-poor conditions imposed by the government in lieu of the funds,” Bhardwaj said.

Leader of House Yogender Chandolia said providing rebate and exemption on property tax, fees and other charges is a constitutional right of a corporation. He said by imposing restriction on providing rebate, the government wants to crush the power of the civic agencies.

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