New Delhi: In an effort to pacify the agitating workforce of the municipal corporations in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a bailout package of Rs 693 crore on Wednesday.
Though CM did not provide any permanent solution to the problem but guaranteed workers that the AAP government would offer all monetary support for the next one year after which the three civic bodies will go for elections in 2017.
Municipality workers refused to call off their strike after the announcement, saying the loan granted by the Delhi government was not the solution to the problem. Rather, it will put an additional burden on the bankrupt municipal corporations.
AP Khan, general secretary of the Forum of MCD engineers said, "We do not want any loan. We want a permanent solution for timely payment of our salaries and other dues as well as unification of the three municipal corporations. Till these demands are met, we will continue our agitation. We do not want to go on strike again after two months seeking salary."
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the loan of Rs 551 crore to two civic bodies for delivering salaries to their staff will result in rescheduling of several educational projects, including construction of new classrooms. He said that the government will redirect the money from the capital expenditure of the education department due to which they will have to postpone some of infrastructure projects to the next financial year.
Earlier, Kejriwal, who is in Bangalore for treatment, criticized the BJP for driving the civic bodies broke. He alleged that the BJP was provoking the striking employees and trying to prepare grounds for declaration of President's Rule in the national Capital. Kejriwal said the state of affairs in the MCDs is such that they should be dissolved and fresh elections be held immediately.