New Delhi: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia met Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday in the Aam Aadmi Party government led by Arvind Kejriwal. During this meeting, Sisodia raised the issue of the need for funds for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the share of central taxes in front of the Finance Minister. This was the first meeting between the Delhi Government and the Union Finance Ministry after the formation of the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi.
Giving information about this important meeting, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “After re-assuming the position of Finance Minister of Delhi, met the Union Finance Minister today. There has been a positive discussion with her on cooperation for the economic development of Delhi.” Sisodia further said, “In the meeting with the Union Finance Minister, I also demanded to provide funds for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi in the same way as the Central Government in other states gives to corporations. At present, there is no fund from the central government for Municipal Corporation of Delhi.
It is worth noting that the Central Government taxes other states corporations at the rate of Rs 488 per person per year. The three municipal corporations of Delhi are ruled by the BJP. The Municipal Corporation has been lamenting the lack of funds for the past several years. Due to lack of funds, the salary of thousands of municipal employees could not be released for many months.
The Delhi government says, “Delhi is not getting the central share of central taxes for last 9 years.” According to the Delhi government, Delhi also has a share in central taxes collected from Delhi. On getting this stake, development works can be done in Delhi more quickly. Manish Sisodia said, ‘Delhi has not been given any share in central taxes since 2001 by the central government. 42 percent of central taxes are given to all other states based on the recommendations of the Finance Commission. Before 2001, Delhi has also got a share in it.