SDMC flays city govt for not releasing enough funds

New Delhi: SDMC on Thursday criticized the city government for its lukewarm response in releasing funds to the civic body. "The present government which came into power in 2015-16 remained aloof from the financial requirement of South Body.

During 2015 to 2016 and 2018-19, the government released only an amount of Rs 1,740.19 crore out of Rs 5,263.47 crore purposed amount.

The city government released only 33 per cent amount whereas it withheld a substantial 67 per cent to paralyze SDMC. Apart from this, the city government has also not released the amount due as per the recommendations of the 3rd and 4th Finance Commission," it said.

The Leader of House Kamaljeet Sehrawat said that the Leaders of the three Corporations had a meeting with Delhi CM on August 27 on the issue of pending funds wherein the CM requested to wait for seven to eight days for his response.

He has not yet responded. It seems that the government is in a sleep mode since the leaders of the corporation met the CM.

"SDMC has been spending its non-plan amount on pollution control and other developmental works despite having Rs 4,000 crore under non-planned expenditure. Delhi Government has an amount Rs 53,000 crore under non-planned expenditure and despite this it has not spent any amount out of this head.

The South Body has transferred an amount of Rs 1,098 crore to Delhi Government from the amount collected under ECC but the government has not spent any amount on pollution control whereas SDMC has been spending from non-planned amount on the upkeep of roads to keep them in working condition," she said.

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