Month after merger, MCD says one-month salaries paid | Delhi News – Times of India
New Delhi: After completing almost a month of the merger of the three civic bodies, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on Monday claimed to have released one month’s salary and pension amounting to Rs 547.9 crore for all its employees and pensioners.
MCD has already brought all departments and their operations under one head, but decisions on implementing uniform policies, rates and guidelines are still pending in certain areas, including taxes and cesses to be imposed, fees charged from guesthouses, general trade and other licences, salaries of contractual staff, and CNG rates at crematoriums. It is also struggling to cope up with its liabilities running into thousands of crores.
“The salary for May has been released to all 1.5 lakh employees in A, B, C and D group and pensioners. It will be credited in their accounts in the next two days. Within a month of the unification, we have managed to disburse the salaries despite running under the financial hardship for years,” said an official.
Of the total amount, Rs 404 crore is meant for salaries and Rs 143.9 crore for pension. “The amount included Rs 300 crore received as the due share from the Delhi government under the education head and the remaining amount of Rs 247.9 crore has been generated from internal revenue (property tax),” stated the civic body.
However, Ram Niwas Solanki, general secretary of Nagar Nigam Sikshak Sangh, pointed out that one month’s salary of the erstwhile north corporation staff and four months’ salaries for the erstwhile east corporation were still pending along with pension.
MCD will take another 10-15 days to decide on implementing uniform rates, said officials. “The process will take some time as the departments concerned are busy making the proposal. These uniform rates and policies will come into force as soon as the special officer approves them,” said another official.
While the erstwhile south corporation charged Rs 30,000 from guesthouses irrespective of colonies/categories, the north civic body used to collecet Rs 1,000 and the east, Rs 5,000, said the official. The salaries paid to contractual field workers engaged in controlling vector-borne disease were also different.
The lieutenant governor highlighted the matter of finacial liabilities with the Union finance minister last week and the latter had asked for details, said an official. “We are also consistently trying to increase revenues for carrying developmental work and release salaries in a time-bound manner.”
Among the new projects, MCD is developing 150 water harvesting pits on priority.