‘We have released more funds than previous govt’
New Delhi: Following Delhi high court’s order to release the dues, with effect from November 1, 2017, to the east and north corporations in accordance with the recommendations of the Fourth Delhi Finance Commission within a month, Delhi government has said it was ready to do so if there were any dues. A spokesperson insisted that the AAP government has paid more to the civic bodies than the previous government.
“We have been releasing more than what is due to the civic bodies apart from giving loans. Not even a single paisa as interest for these loans has been deducted from the funds released to the civic bodies...Once we go through the court’s order, we will comply,” said the spokesperson.
The AAP government has been accused by the BJP of “starving” the civic bodies of funds which has prompted the BJP-ruled civic bodies and political functionaries to hold various protests against the city government seeking payment of dues. The political leadership of the civic bodies claims that an amount of Rs 9,125 crore from the Fourth DCF is due from the Delhi government for the east corpora- tion and Rs 1,616 crore for the north corporation. They have blamed the AAP government for the poor financial health of the corporations.
The government, however, claimed that in 2015-16 it released Rs 1,086.13 crore to the east corporation, Rs 1,239.05 crore in 2016-17 and Rs 1,002.64 crore in 201718 (up to January). The amount paid to the north corporation, sources claimed, was Rs 1,822.62 crore in 2015-16, Rs 1,921.02 crore in 2016-17 and Rs 1711.94 crore in 2017-18 (up to January).
The AAP government has been claiming that it has been denied its due share in central taxes and it was ready to split the funds that it gets from the central government with the civic bodies which are cash-strapped if it gets its fair share.
AAP govt has been claiming that it has been denied its due share in central taxes and it’s ready to split the funds it gets from Centre with the corpns