Details of company financial liabilities shared with MHA


Details shared ahead of meeting between Union Home Secretary and BJP state unit

Details shared ahead of meeting between Union Home Secretary and BJP state unit


With the reunification of the three municipal corporations in sight, details of the financial debts of the three civic bodies have been passed on to the Home Office (MHA), according to a senior source.

The senior city official, who did not wish to be named, said details of the responsibilities were sent to MHA earlier this week. This information could be seen in the context of a planned meeting between Union Home Minister Amit Shah and senior leaders of the BJP state unit.

Details shared with the MHA include the arrears – of salary payments, pensions and contractor liabilities – of the three companies, as well as the number of strikes carried out by their employees between 2016-17 and 2021-22. Financial details regarding the budget expenditures and revenues of the three companies – over that four-year period – were also provided to the MHA, the senior official said. The Hindu.

According to the data, for the financial year 2020-21, EDMC’s expenditure was ₹2,532.24 crore while its revenue was ₹628.94 crore; the expenses of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) were ₹5,057.1 crore while its revenue was ₹3,109.81 crore; the expenditure of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) was ₹4,038.88 crore while its revenue was ₹2,350.7 crore.

Referring to the data, the senior official said it was a ‘clear indication’ that civic bodies were struggling to generate revenue, with civic bodies in the east and north faring the worst. .

“The data clearly indicates that civic organizations are unable to generate sufficient revenue on their own. Even if we combine their income and expenditure into one civic body, it will be unable to generate sufficient revenue. This is the only reason a bailout is needed,” the senior official said.

KS Mehra, who was the last commissioner of the unified corporation, said the trifurcation – of the former Delhi Municipal Corporation in 2012 – was not a proper move as the corporation was functioning well.

“Decentralization was not a justifiable reason to trifurcate the civic body. Before the trifurcation, there were 12 administrative areas. This number did not change even after the trifurcation. The exercise only created more obstacles for the civic bodies,” Mr. Mehra said.

On the issue of municipal elections, a senior Delhi State Electoral Commission official said: “Whether or not there is a unification, accompanied by a change in the number of seats, we do not know. again because we were never consulted on this. However, any change in seats will require us to do a boundary exercise, as the number of wards will change.

According to BJP sources, Shah is expected to chair a joint meeting with senior Delhi BJP leaders next week, following which the bill for the reunification of the three municipalities will be tabled in parliament.

The bill is likely to spark an uproar during the next five-day budget session of the Delhi Assembly which is due to start on March 23.


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