Ex­tend 4th DFC ben­e­fits to MCD: HC

Court has or­dered AAP govt to im­me­di­ately re­lease pay­ments to EDMC and North MCD

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The Delhi High Court (HC) has di­rected the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) gov­ern­ment in the na­tional Cap­i­tal on Mon­day to im­me­di­ately re­lease the pay­ments of the two mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties -- East Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (EDMC) and North Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (North MCD) -as per the Fourth Delhi Fi­nance Com­mis­sion (DFC) so as to en­able the civic bodies to pay wages of their em­ploy­ees, both past and present.

A bench of Act­ing Chief Jus­tice Gita Mit­tal and Jus­tice C Hari Shankar said, “Do not stand on ego and say that since the gov­ern­ment of In­dia is not pay­ing you, you will not pay the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions.” It has been ob­served that de­spite hav­ing funds, the Delhi gov­ern­ment does not ap­pear will­ing to im­ple­ment the 4th DFC, under which the civic bodies have been al­lot­ted more funds than they are re­ceiv­ing at present, the bench said.

The Delhi gov­ern­ment has been di­rected to re­lease the amount within four weeks and would be for the pe­riod from Novem­ber 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018. The court, how­ever, made it clear that its in­terim or­der would be con­fined only to the EDMC and the North MCD.

The bench, while hear­ing a batch of writ pe­ti­tions on pro­vid­ing ad­e­quate funds to all the lo­cal bodies, in­clud­ing the three mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions, said that lack of funds with the cor­po­ra­tions would not only af­fect the morale of its em­ploy­ees but would in­di­rectly im­pact the civic ameni­ties be­ing pro­vided to the cit­i­zens.

While the court di­rected the AAP gov­ern­ment to place on af­fi­davit its cal­cu­la­tion based on which it has been re­leas­ing funds to the cor­po­ra­tions, it also asked the Cen­tre to in­di­cate on af­fi­davit how much funds the Delhi gov­ern­ment was en­ti­tled to and the ba­sis for de­cid­ing the same.

Dur­ing the hear­ing, the Delhi gov­ern­ment said it has in April this year re­leased funds which are much more than what was in­di­cated under the 4th DFC. It said that it has given over Rs 3,000 crore as loans to the cor­po­ra­tions. How­ever, the EDMC and North MCD said it was not suf­fi­cient and added that the amounts given as loans were much less than what they were en­ti­tled to get under the 4th DFC.

Mean­while, the bench listed the mat­ter for hear­ing on Au­gust 28 say­ing that the is­sues raised in the PILs re­quire se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion.

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