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Lg Office: Lg Office: Minister is on Mcd’s plan for fund crunch | Delhi News

New Delhi: A day after the Delhi High Court pulled up the AAP government over its failure to distribute textbooks and stationery to students of municipal schools, the office of Lieutenant Governor Saurabh Bharadwaj, urban development minister, accused to adhere to” MCD’s proposal to temporarily increase the financial powers of the municipal commissioner for more than seven months. Officials from the LG’s office claimed that the file proposing the MCD commissioner’s power to approve projects up to Rs 5-50 crore was sent to Bharadwaj on October 9 last year. Since disposal of waste from landfills and budgets for municipal schools and hospitals were stuck due to non-constitution of MCD Standing Committee and non-power of Commissioner to release funds, LG invoked Rule 19(5) of Transaction of Business Rules, 1993, on March 6, 2024, and recalled the file regarding delegation of enhanced financial powers to the Commissioner pending before Minister (UD) Saurabh Bhardwaj since October 9, 2023,” an official said from the LG Secretariat. three days as stipulated in Article 19(5), irrespective of the hardships faced by the people of Delhi, the minister chose to sit on it, the official alleged, adding that three reminders to the minister on the issue were also ignored . Asked about the file by the Supreme Court on Friday, the Delhi government claimed the file was not cleared as the chief minister was in jail, but the official claimed it was never sent to Arvind Kejriwal. All MCD projects above Rs 5 crore are approved by the standing committee. Since the body has not yet been formed after the December 2022 elections, officials say there are several important projects, such as the distribution of notebooks, the purchase of desks for primary school children, the supply of health equipment and medicines for hospitals and health centers, engaging concessionaires for municipal solid waste collection and transportation and setting up of treatment facility at Narela-Bawana were stalled. “The work of bio-mining at landfills, which has to be completed in a time-bound manner as per the directions of the National Green Tribunal, has also been affected by the non-finalization of the bio-mining agency,” an official said. Other officials said MCD had on September 18 last year proposed to its administrative arm, the urban development department of the Delhi government, that the financial powers of the MCD commissioner should be expanded as an interim measure until the standing committee is constituted.