EDMC mayor, coun­cil­lors stage dharna for re­lease of funds

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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

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