NGT raps MCDs over funds, asks them to rationalise staff

The green panel noted that the Centre had allotted over Rs 1000 crore to the three corporations, but they were still short of funds and payment to their staff was being delayed.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: April 20, 2017 7:59 pm
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With the Delhi municipal elections just a few days away, the National Green Tribunal on Thursday took these civic bodies to task for not utilising the funds alloted to them by the Centre and asked them to rationalise the staff to meet the financial crunch. “Why do you make a hue and cry over funds? The Centre gives you so much funds. What are you doing with all this money? We had asked you to rationalise the staff or outsource the work. Have you carried out any study in this regard,” a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked.

The green panel noted that the Centre had allotted over Rs 1000 crore to the three corporations, but they were still short of funds and payment to their staff was being delayed. “You want to do away with the property tax, cleaning tax and other taxes. You people want to be so goody-goody. Why don’t you impose fine on those who violate green laws and collect money from them? This you will not do,” the bench said.

The counsel for the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) said the Delhi government grants funds under two heads, planned and non-planned expenditure, and all the money is spent accordingly. He blamed the AAP government for not releasing funds under the non-planned expenditure head and said the EDMC has always been facing financial difficulties due to the “step-motherly” treatment by the city government.

The lawyer said it was the Delhi government which had established the EDMC and now the corporation has become financially unviable. The tribunal had earlier criticised the EDMC for its “apathy” towards the garbage mess and directed it to submit details of its total income along with the money allocated by Delhi government to ascertain the reason for delay in payment of salaries to sanitation workers.

While directing the EDMC to submit details of planned and non-planned expenditure, the NGT also asked Central Pollution Control Board and Delhi Pollution Control Committee to apprise it of the action they have taken to deal with municipal solid waste in Delhi and whether any action has been taken against the violators.

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    Apr 20, 2017 at 8:14 pm
    Delhi Government should immediately start vacuum cleaning of roads. Court has already given directions to Delhi government in this respect. Thousands of manhours are wasted in just cleaning of roads manually. These jobless safai karamcharis may then be better utilised in small scale and other industries in neighbouring states like Haryana and Rajasthan. This will not only increase industrial output but also lead to improvement in standard of living of these karamcharis by removing the stigma of Safai karamchari against their name.
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    Apr 20, 2017 at 8:07 pm
    MCDs should start mechanised cleaning of roads at the earliest. Court had previously directed Delhi Government to start cleaning roads by mechanical means and give a roadmap plan of future. Instead of thousands of people just sweeping the roads, they can be asked to seek employment in other states in small scale and other industries. This would in turn help them in getting more respect by removing the stigma of Safai Karamchaari against their names and also lead to increase in their standard of living. Hope Haryana and Rajasthan are ready to absorb this new breed of hard working people. Keep politicians and politics away from cleaning of roads and people of Delhi need to nip in the bud this road bank politics Sorry vote bank politics immediately.