Civic bodies wel­come High Court de­ci­sion

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Even as the North and East civic bodies wel­come the Delhi High Court’s di­rec­tion to the Delhi gov­ern­ment to re­lease funds to pay salaries of North and East civic bodies on Mon­day, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) gov­ern­ment main­tained that its has al­ready re­leased “more than de­manded” funds to the cor­po­ra­tions.

The cash-strapped North and East civic bodies have not been able to pay dues to their em­ploy­ees since last Novem­ber re­sult­ing in the re­cent strike by san­i­ta­tion work­ers.

“We have asked for Rs 300 crore for pay­ing the salaries of the staff. The court has also asked the city gov­ern­ment to re­lease funds as per the Fourth Delhi Fi­nance Com­mis­sion (DFC), which has not been im­ple­mented so far,” said East MCD com­mis­sioner Ran­bir Singh.

In case of East MCD, the small­est of the three mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions, salaries have been paid till Jan­uary 31 this year while the North civic body staff has not been paid since last Novem­ber.

How­ever, when asked a Delhi gov­ern­ment spokesper­son

said, “We are wait­ing for the de­tailed or­der. Also, the court has asked the MCDs to pay their em­ploy­ees and asked us to see if funds could be re­leased. We have paid more than what was ac­tu­ally due to the three cor­po­ra­tions. Not a sin­gle penny has been de­ducted.”

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials of East Cor­po­ra­tion, around Rs 1,700 crore is due in ar­rears, for which the court has not given any di­rec­tion.

Sim­i­larly, ap­prox­i­mately Rs 1,500 crore are due under the Fourth DFC since 2012 to the North Cor­po­ra­tion, of­fi­cials said.

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