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NDMC to sell or lease out 37 properties to pay salaries to employees, HC told

North Delhi Municipal Company (NDMC) on Tuesday instructed the Delhi Excessive Court docket that it was planning to promote or lease out 37 high-value properties within the subsequent 6-12 months to generate extra income to make sure well timed cost of salaries to its staff.

The courtroom on Monday had warned that it was going to start out attachment of NDMC’s properties to make sure the workers are paid their salaries.

NDMC’s Commissioner Sanjay Goel instructed the courtroom that Novelty Cinema has been leased out for Rs 37 crore and one other business place at Karampura was leased out for Rs 7 crore final month.

“By October or November, the process of leasing out or outright sale of 9 properties will likely be accomplished. We expect a income of 700-800 crores out of them,” Goel instructed the courtroom.

The commissioner additionally knowledgeable the courtroom that for the final one and a half 12 months, the NDMC has seen a lag of two months in cost of salaries to the workers which is round 660 crores of the shortfall. “If I realise the 700-800 crores in one other six months then this lag will likely be bridged and we can pay the wage on time,” he instructed the courtroom.

Nevertheless, the division bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Jasmeet Singh requested Goel whether or not the NDMC’s technology of income was enough to satisfy the demand of salaries in regular occasions and whether or not after the method of sale and different efforts are undertaken, it will be capable of pay the salaries on time. Goel submitted that the NDMC could be thereafter capable of pay salaries often.

The courtroom additional mentioned that the job of the company shouldn’t be solely the cost of salaries however has different obligatory obligations to carry out for which additionally funds are required. “You’re right here to do public service. It’s a must to hold the town clear, present training and healthcare that are going to require cash,” it added whereas stressing the necessity for augmentation of income by NDMC.

The courtroom earlier mentioned that it was utterly unacceptable that the workers weren’t being paid their salaries for months collectively. The officers ought to take solely 50 per cent of the wage until all of the dues are cleared, noticed the courtroom.

“Possibly you want a haircut, possibly you should rationalise your pressure, possibly you may have employed too many individuals often or on a contract foundation. Kindly have a overview of your full power. See the productiveness of those staff. We supply this baggage from the previous that authorities organisations, company are inclined to over make use of individuals,” it mentioned.

Goel instructed the courtroom that the company is a bit overstaffed because it has round 57,000 staff. Nevertheless, Goel additionally instructed the courtroom that no contemporary requirement has taken place during the last a few years besides the contractual engagements made on compassionate grounds.
He additionally instructed the courtroom 1000’s of staff have retired too over time, and a lot of the work being executed by the municipal physique is steadily being outsourced. Fast retrenchment of workers is a tough job, he submitted.

Goel additionally instructed the courtroom that the NDMC has been operating 700 colleges and 54 of them have already been closed as a result of the scholars have been discovered to be lower than 50. “They’ve been merged with the close by colleges. Mergers are going down. Now we have recognized 43 extra colleges the place the scholars are lower than the optimum quantity,” he instructed the courtroom.

He additionally instructed the courtroom that NDMC in 2020 acquired a home tax assortment of 684 crores as towards 548 crores of 2019. All different revenues noticed a decline final 12 months through the pandemic, he mentioned. “We’re again on the job as unlock has began and we’ll strive to make sure that increasingly more properties, that are proper now out of the ambit, will likely be lined,” Goel submitted, including the quantity will likely be used to satisfy the dues of the outsourcing companies.

The courtroom on Monday was knowledgeable that in South Delhi and East Delhi Municipal Firms, salaries and pensions of the workers have been paid.

Nevertheless, the NDMC on Monday instructed the courtroom that it has launched the wage of safai karamcharis, well being employees together with docs and nurses, day by day wagers employed at hospitals and different locations until April and of others until March. The pensions have been paid solely until February, the courtroom was instructed.

On Monday, the courtroom directed the NDMC to file an affidavit disclosing the particulars of all movable and immovable properties owned by it together with their estimated values and particulars of its financial institution accounts, together with the quantity in them as of July 1. The courtroom will hear the case on July 8.

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