Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia who also holds finance portfolio approved a loan of Rs 200 crore to the cash-strapped EDMC for payment of salaries and pensions of its employees till March 31.
Sisodia sanctioned the loan proposal with the condition that the amount should strictly be spent on payment of salaries and pensions to sanitation workers and other employees of the East Delhi Municipal Corporation.
“The Deputy CM has approved a loan of Rs 200 crore for payment of salaries and pensions to EDMC employees, including sanitation workers. The government has made it clear the loan is being given on the condition that it be spent on payment of salaries and pension only,” said a senior official.
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In view of poor financial conditions of EDMC, draft loan proposal was passed by Urban Development Minister Satyender Jain.
EDMC’s sanitation workers had gone on strike in January over non-payment of salaries.
The government had then announced an advance sum of Rs 119 crore to EDMC for payment of salaries to sanitation workers after which they had called off their strike.
With PTI Inputs