Delhi Government today denied any financial aid to the cash-strapped civic agencies and asked them to seek the Centre’s help. The cash-strapped municipal corporations on Saturday asked Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for financial assistance, and they were told to approach the Centre as the Delhi Government had no money to spare.
Mr. Kejriwal informed the Mayors that the Capital had racked up a Rs.4,000crore revenue deficit in the past one year, while Delhi was indirectly being run by the BJP Government at the Centre through the President’s Rule. “The North Corporation is under a loan of Rs 1,400crore so we demanded Rs 302 which is part of our global share for the year 2014-15 from the Delhi Government. They denied it and claimed that they have adjusted the money in our loan,” North Delhi Municipal Corporation Mayor Yogender Chandolia said.
The Mayors also asked Mr. Kejriwal to table the report of the fourth Delhi Finance Commission in the Delhi Assembly. The Commission was set up to look into the finances of the civic bodies and suggest revisions in the funds allocated to them. The report has been pending since April 5, 2013, but neither the then-Congress Government nor the Aam Aadmi Party Government now has tabled it. “We requested the Delhi Government to give Rs 302 crore so that we can pay salaries and meet other expenses. At present, 70 per cent of educational expenses are paid by Delhi Government, but to pay pension to retired teaching staff, we requested them to increase this share to 90 per cent,” Chandolia said.