MCD dues: Gupta calls CM’s letter to LG ‘stunt’

Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, Vijender Gupta, has demanded Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to direct various departments of the Delhi government to clear dues worth Rs 3,000 crore and property tax to the three municipal corporations.

Gupta asserted that the Opposition would raise the demand regarding the implementation of the recommendations of the Fourth Finance Commission and get Rs 3,000 crore dues released to the MCDs. “Kejriwal must release Rs 3,000 crore due to three municipal corporations so that their financial condition improves,” said Gupta.

“The CM has written to the Lieutenant Governor (LG) to direct the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to pay dues of municipal corporations, but various departments working under him owe crores of rupees as property tax to the MCDs. He must direct the heads of departments such as education, power and Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to clear the dues,” he added. 

The Chief Minister’s letter to the LG was just a “political stunt”, Gupta said. He added the Delhi government owed Rs 800 crore to East MCD and Rs 1,600 crore to South MCD. He said according to the Commission’s recommendation, the global share of civic bodies is 12.5 per cent, but the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government wants to give only 4 per cent. 

“It is second time in five months that sanitation workers have gone on a strike over non-payment of salary and promotions. In June this year, they had gone on a 14-day strike,” he said.
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