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The North Delhi Municipal Corporation has passed a resolution seeking re-employment of auxiliary nurses and midwives (ANMs) and “all other contractual employees” who were relieved from duty after expiry of their contracts. In a rare show of agreement, the Congress and BJP put their weight behind the private member resolution and stated new posts be created to adjust these workers. Leader of the House, V P Pandey, urged the civic officials to “either create new posts or adjust them against existing positions”.
The corporation’s executive wing (officials), however, informed the councillors that creation of such posts or filling these posts was outside the purview of the civic body and initiating such a process would be “illegal”.
The resolution comes as parties gear up for the MCD elections due next year.
Dr D K Seth, Director, Hospital Administration (North corporation) told The Indian Express that 71 ANMs were employed in 2013 to assist staff with ground work for implementing the National Family Welfare Programme. The Centre provided funds to the tune of Rs 9 crore via the state government for the programme. “However, post-2008, the state government took a decision to stop funding of the programme as grant and to reimburse money spent on its implementation post an audit,” he added.
Owing to intermittent payments, the bills kept growing. The balance owed to the corporation is Rs 96 crore as of 2016. Officials said the last reimbursement to the corporation was in 2010.
Facing financial crunch, the corporation shut the scheme this year and the contractual workers, by virtue of being “last in” could not be kept under employment.