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Can't release funds for EDMC workers: Centre

NYOOOZ 2018-10-09 05:30:00

Can't release funds for EDMC workers: Centre

  • | Tuesday | 9th October, 2018

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"There is a statutory procedure for increasing the budgetary allocation to Delhi government, and must involve the Union finance ministry. The 4th DFC, which submitted its report in 2013, had recommended additional funding of Rs 1220 crore to the three municipal bodies from Delhi government, of which the lion's share of Rs 1140 crore was to go to EDMC. The remaining amount will be released in a staggered manner. NEW DELHI: A day after the Supreme Court slammed the Centre for not making any payments to resolve the crisis arising out of strike by sanitation workers of East Delhi Municipal Corporation EDMC ), senior officials of the home ministry reiterated that the Centre was not in a position to release further funds at this stage "in view of current statutory provisions and overall fiscal resources".Officials cited the failure of Arvind Kejriwal government to implement the report of 4th Delhi Finance Commission (DFC) relating to allocation of funds by Delhi government to the city's five local bodies including EDMC. However, in view of the current statutory provisions and overall fiscal resources, government of India is not in a position to release funds at this stage (to Delhi government)," said the officer.The Centre, which is now required to file an affidavit on the issue before two separate benches of the Supreme Court by October 22 and October 24, is expected to file identical affidavits repeating the aforesaid arguments and expressing its inability to offer further funds to Delhi government.

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