Faced with a fresh financial crisis as payments to employees are due once again, North Municipal Corporation mayor Ravinder Gupta met CM Arvind Kejriwal at the latter’s office on Saturday. The mayor has demanded that the the corporation be given its due finances to solve its crisis.
Gupta was accompanied by deputy mayor Neelam Goyal and standing committee chairman Mohan Bhardwaj. The delegation also provided a “roadmap” to Kejriwal to make the corporation debt-free. This includes decreasing loan liability of the civic body and a settlement with the government on “amounts unfairly withheld/deducted from the North body”.
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“The end objective is to seek the release of Basic Tax Assignment due to the corporation without any deductions and the release of the Municipal Reforms Fund,” Gupta said.
According to the corporation, no money has been received in the said accounts in the last two financial years. “If the government takes a favourable review of the matter, we can receive an additional Rs 450 crore every year. This will help mitigate the current financial crisis,” the roadmap stated.
Bhardwaj said that Kejriwal had directed Deputy CM Manish Sisodia to “look into the matter”.