East Delhi Municipal Corporation Councillors (EDMC) staged a dharna at Delhi Secretariat on Monday, demanding release of dues amounting to Rs 9125 crore to be paid in accordance with the recommendations of the Fourth Finance Commission.

They also submitted a memorandum to Satyender Jain for the immediate release of the funds to EDMC.

EDMC Mayor Neema Bhagat said due to apathy and politics of the Delhi government towards municipal corporations, financial position of EDMC has gone from bad to worse, affecting the development, maintenance of regular services and social works to be carried out by the corporation apart from leading to delays in release of salaries/pension and other payments including medical reimbursements, arrears, etc., to its employees.

She said EDMC requires Rs 1800 crore annually for payment of salaries, pension and other dues. Apart from this, Rs 1500 crore is pending on EDMC towards its employees.

The Mayor said, “EDMC since July 2015 has not released full terminal benefits to its retired employees, due to shortage of funds.”

Delhi BJP general secretary Kuljeet Singh Chahal alleged that after receiving the memorandum from the BJP delegation, Satyender Jain refused to release the funds demanded.

“On the one hand the Kejriwal Government calls for an all-party meeting to resolve the issues and on the other hand, it fails to discharge its responsibility towards the Municipal Corporations. This is a proof of the double standards of this Government. Previously the Sheila Diskhit Government and now the Arvind Kejriwal Government are trying to paralyse the functioning of the Corporation,” stated Kuljeet Singh.

Mayor requested the Delhi Government to release its due funds of Rs 9125 crore as per the recommendations of fourth Delhi Finance Commission (DFC) and to implement 5th DFC report immediately without indulging in politics over as it is a matter of basic necessary civic services, livelihood of hundreds of families and development works of the city.