In an affidavit filed before the Delhi High Court, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation has said it has not been able to pay old age pension since July 2014, and has asked the Delhi government to “merge” the schemes run by the corporation with those run by the Delhi government so the pensions could be paid by the Delhi government.
The annual budget under the scheme is Rs 142.16 crore, with over 85,700 persons getting pensions in the 109 wards.
In its affidavit, the North DMC stated that since the trifurcation, it has been “facing a funds crunch” and did not have sufficient funds to pay the pensions.
The North DMC also submitted the copy of a letter written to the principal secretary (urban development) in May, asking the Delhi government to “take over” payment of pensions and “merge the old age pension scheme” run by the corporation with the schemes run by its social welfare department.
The North DMC has also informed the court that it was “waiting for a response”.