Civic bodies likely to disburse welfare pensions before Diwali
Three municipal corporations in Delhi have stepped up efforts for disbursing pending welfare pensions to around two lakh beneficiaries despite facing financial crunch which they blame on Delhi government, a charge vehemently denied by the latter.
North Delhi Municipal Corporation, which has to pay to 80,000 beneficiaries under old age, widow and physically-challenged pension schemes, has decided to take <g data-gr-id="34">loan</g> for the purpose. The 80,000 eligible beneficiaries under the scheme have not been paid the monthly pension of Rs 1,200 for the past 14 months. The dues have accumulated to Rs 112 crore, a senior official of the North MCD said.
The issue of lack of funds for pension was raised in the Standing Committee meeting yesterday and its chairman Mohan Bhardwaj has directed the North MCD Commissioner to look for avenues to arrange loans for disbursing pensions to all the beneficiaries.
<g data-gr-id="26">Leader</g> of the House in North MCD Yogender Chandolia claimed that Delhi Government has not given the funds leading to the crisis. “These allegations have no meaning. Their allegations do not stand judicial scrutiny and have been rejected by the High Court,” said a Delhi government spokesperson.
In South Delhi Municipal Corporation, around 73,000 beneficiaries have not been paid the monthly pension of Rs 1,000 for the past 12 months. The total due amount stands at around Rs 80 crore, an SDMC official said.
“The pension is paid by <g data-gr-id="33">municipal</g> corporation from its own resources. But, Delhi government has not given us funds under different heads of grants-in-aid and plan,” SDMC Standing Committee Chairman Radhe Shyam Sharma said. “The grant-in-aid of Rs 120 crore in 2014-15 for education has not been paid by the <g data-gr-id="31">government</g> but we have not stopped work. Likewise, we have spent resources in many other areas although we still have to receive the funds from the government,” he claimed.