EDMC mayor, councillors stage dharna for release of funds
The councillors of the BJP-ruled East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) led by mayor Neema Bhagat sat on a protest outside the Delhi Secretariat on Monday demanding the release of Rs 9,125-crore funds to pay salaries to staff. The corporation has not paid salaries to its employees for past three months.
The councillors staged a dhrana asking the Arvind Kejriwal government to either release the funds amounting to Rs 9,125 crore as per the recommendations of 4th Delhi Finance Commission (DFC) or provide them a loan of Rs 468 crore immediately so that they are able to pay the outstanding salaries and other dues to its employees by March-end.
The cash-strapped East Corporation has been struggling for funds ever since the MCD was trifurcated in 2012.
“The Delhi government must release the fund as well as implement the 5th DFC report so that we are able to overcome the financial crisis and pay off at least the lowerranked staff, as they cant go without being paid for months,” said Bhagat.
A cold shoulder from the Delhi government has made the corporation’s development work suffer, she added.
“EDMC has gone from bad to worse, affecting the development, maintenance of regular services and social works to be
carried out by the corporation apart from leading to delays in the release of salaries and pension and other payments including medical reimbursements, arrears etc to its employees,” the mayor said.
The civic body requires Rs 1,800 crore annually for the payment of salaries, pension and other dues. Apart from this, Rs 1,500 crore is pending on the corporation towards its employees.
Mayor Neema Bhagat sat on a protest outside Secretariat on Monday