MCDs welcome CAG audit on dengue steps

The three BJP-ruled Municipal Corporations have welcomed the decision to hold a CAG audit of the preparedness of the Delhi government and the local bodies to deal with dengue crisis in the city.

Chairman of standing committee of North Delhi Municipal Corporation Mohan Prasad Bhardwaj, welcoming the decision on Saturday, however, said: “The audit should also include <g data-gr-id="16">non release</g> of Rs 700 crore funds for Municipal Corporations as recommended by the Delhi Fourth Finance Commission and the specified funds for anti-Malaria operations during the current year by the Delhi government.” 

All three corporations have been alleging that Delhi government has not released enough funds to the civic <g data-gr-id="21">bodies,</g> while AAP dispensation <g data-gr-id="20">have</g> blamed the MCD for the dengue crisis the city is currently battling.

“The claim of the state government that it has released 75 percent funds earmarked to the MCD for fighting mosquito menace is nothing but a political jugglery to keep its failures under wrap,” he alleged.

The CAG audit will scrutinise the preventive steps which had been taken by the Delhi government and civic authorities — the New Delhi Municipal Council and the three municipal corporations — to deal with mosquito-borne diseases, sources said.

Nearly 1,700 fresh dengue cases have been reported in the city in the last one week, taking the total number of people affected by the vector-borne disease to 5,471. About 30 have died due to dengue this year.

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