Delhi government panel to inspect municipal corporations’ accounts

New Delhi, Jan 21 (IANS) The Delhi government has appointed a committee to inspect the accounts of the city’s three municipal corporations and submit its report within a week.

An order issued on Wednesday by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the committee, chaired by Secretary (Revenue)-cum-Divisional Commissioner A. Anbarasu, would scrutinise the accounts of North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) and South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC).

The panel would report to the government whether the municipal corporations were duly performing the obligatory functions mandated under Section 42 of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, 1957.

The order would have the committee submit its report within a week.

Additional Secretary (Urban) Sandeep Kumar Mishra will be the member of the committee.

Chairman Anbarasu could co-opt any or all district magistrates, additional magistrates and sub-district magistrates to do the audit, the order said.

Under the provision of Section 42 of the Act, the municipal corporations were under obligation to perform certain functions which they had failed to perform as reported by citizens time and again, the order observed.

During the last one year, the people of Delhi had undergone several day-to-day difficulties due to various agitations, strikes, demand notices by the staff of civic bodies, including doctors, nurses, teachers, sanitation workers, regarding non-payment of salaries and arrears, it said.

All the mayors of NDMC, EDMC and SDMC had been demanding the release of unpaid funds to them from the government, it added.

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