Sheila Dikshit accuses MCD of `total failure` in delivering services
The Delhi Cabinet had accepted the recommendations of a high-level committee, headed by Health Minister A K Walia, which suggested splitting the MCD into five smaller municipalities.
New Delhi: Showing her strong resolve to go
ahead with proposed split of MCD, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila
Dikshit on Sunday accused the BJP-ruled civic body of "total
failure" in delivering basic services and said her government
was determined to bring reforms in it by dividing it into
"The MCD administration has become totally ineffective.
I think with the present set up, it has become really
difficult to manage and above all the ruling party has been
nurturing the politics of convenience and opportunism. So it
makes a fit case to restructure the MCD," Dikshit said
addressing a function at Tri Nagar in West Delhi.
The Chief Minister, who has been pushing hard to split
the MCD into five smaller bodies, said the "sluggish and
confusing" decisions of the ruling BJP in the civic body have
often led to "harassment" of the citizens and it was high time
to bring reform in the civic body which has jurisdiction over
97 percent area in the city.
"The decisions of the MCD have been sluggish as well as
confusing and contradictory resulting in harassment to people.
"The issue of over 30,000 ghost employees in MCD is a
crystal clear case of total failure in the administration.
Even the High Court has taken note of this matter. The public
opinion is in favour of bringing substantial improvements in
the MCD functioning," she said.
The Delhi government counsel recently told the High Court
that the MCD caused a loss of Rs 500 crore in five years by
paying salaries to "ghost employees" (non-existing staff), a
charge denied by BJP leaders in the corporation.
"The final decision on splitting the MCD has almost been
taken," Dikshit later told reporters.
The politically-sensitive move to split the MCD has been
criticised by a section of the Congress party, including DPCC
chief JP Aggarwal who felt dividing the civic body just ahead
of next year`s polls will severely affect the party.
The Delhi Cabinet had accepted the recommendations of a
high-level committee, headed by Health Minister A K Walia,
which suggested splitting the MCD into five smaller
Dikshit was even attacked by several Congress MLAs and
councillors at a DPCC meeting last month who questioned her
style of functioning as they said the issue of brining reform
in the MCD was never discussed in the party forum.
In her speech today, Dikshit virtually started the
campaigning for MCD polls, asking people to vote for Congress.
She highlighted various achievements of her three
successive governments, saying the city has witnessed
excellent development during last 12 years which is being
recognised "by one and all".