North Delhi mayor writes to CM Arvind Kejriwal, seeks co-operation, funds

Additionally, the corporation has asked for grants “owed to North corporation” in the form of the Municipal Reform Fund (MRF).

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: October 5, 2015 2:52 am

With the number of dengue cases crossing 6,000 in the capital last week, North Delhi Mayor Ravinder Gupta has written to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, seeking cooperation between “all agencies of the government”.

In his letter, the mayor has also sought funds from the Delhi government under various heads at the earliest.

Additionally, the corporation has asked for grants “owed to North corporation” in the form of the Municipal Reform Fund (MRF).

This fund is one per cent of the global share given to municipal corporations as a grant by the government.

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The mayor has argued that with the festive season approaching, another municipal strike “could be impending” as salaries and pensions become due in the dearth of funds.

“The festive season is approaching and our pensions have been due for over 15 months. Several thousand people depend on this pension. The government should provide us these funds as early as possible,” said Gupta.

In the letter, Gupta also told Kejriwal that due to non-payment of pension by the corporation, at least 80,000 families have been affected.

Citing the civic body’s poor financial condition, the mayor added that development works are also on hold as the corporations’ efforts are focused on dealing with the “crisis at hand”.

Gupta stated that, at present, dengue, sanitation and slow development works are major problems.

For efficient management of these issues, he said good coordination is required between the corporation and various government agencies.

“Due to deduction in funds by Rs 158 crore under the education head and Rs 30 crore under health, many important schemes are pending. For an early resolution of these issues and better delivery of services, the government must coordinate efforts with the civic bodies,” said Gupta.

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