‘We have re­leased more funds than pre­vi­ous govt’

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY -

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

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