Newly-elected Delhi Mayor Prithvi Raj Sawhney accompanied by his team called on Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday, seeking her intervention in release of more funds to the civic body from the Delhi Government.
The meeting at the Chief Minister’s Office was also attended by Delhi Finance Minister A.K. Walia, PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan, Education and Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely besides a number of senior bureaucrats.
During the meeting, the Chief Minister called upon the MCD to submit a head-wise requirement for funds so that the issue could be taken up by the Finance Minister.
At he meeting, the MCD sought additional funds for education, health and community service apart from release of payment to its employees in accordance with the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations. It was agreed that on receipt of a detailed request, the matter would be discussed by the MCD and the Finance Department of the Delhi Government.
Ms. Dikshit used the opportunity to demand that the MCD should prioritise its works and regularly monitor all its projects. She said the Corporation should utilise its funds judiciously and work towards increasing its own revenue.
Stressing the need for bringing about visible improvement in various services provided by the MCD, she said this was also the need of the hour in view of the upcoming Commonwealth Games. "It is time to strive hard to project a better image of the city during the Games,’’ she said.
Keywords: Demand for funds