Delhi BJP frowns, North MCD withdraws salary proposal

In a clear case of U-turn, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation on Friday has withdrawn its proposal seeking Rs 90,000 salaries per month for its councillors.

On Thursday, the municipality passed a resolution proposing a fat pay package for councillors while finalising its 2016-17 budget.

Sources in the municipal corporation said the civic agency retracted its decision after the Delhi BJP unit raised a few eyebrows.

The party’s stand is clear. As of now, there is no provision of salaries for councillors. Only when the municipal corporation is economically stable then one can think of giving salaries to councillors,” said Delhi BJP unit head Satish Upadhyay.

The North Corporation had also proposed an increase in the ‘meeting allowance’ of councillors from Rs 300 to Rs 1,000, up to Rs 10,000 a month. Even, the East Corporation had proposed Rs 45,000 salary a month to its councillors on Wednesday.

On February 3, the city government gave a bailout package of Rs 693 crore, of which Rs 551 crore was in the form of loan, to two cash-starved North and East corporations to be able to pay salaries to its employees.

A few days later, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung gave Rs 300 crore loan from the DDA to both municipal corporations to tide over their financial crises.

Sanitation employees’ unions have been demanding re-unification of the three municipalities as most of the sources of revenue has gone to the South Delhi Municipal Corporation.

Their demand has struck a chord with the north civic agency as Leader of House Yogender Chandolia made a case for the re-unification of the three municipalities to extricate them from their financial crises.

“The North Corporation came into being with a loss of Rs 1,320 crore in 2012 and the then Delhi government deducted Rs 440 crore as an interest payment. The Delhi government owes a total of Rs 633 crore to the North Corporation. This amount should be released immediately,” he added.

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