Delhi government releases funds to clear pending salaries

Around 450 resident doctors and interns had stopped working in protest.

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Delhi government recently released Rs 206 crore to the cash-strapped North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC). Earlier, the doctors of Hindu Rao Hospital, which is run by the civic body, had gone on strike demanding the payment of salaries, which had been pending for the last three months!

NDCM officials claimed that the delay in salary disbursement had been caused because the Delhi government had not released funds.

According to officials, the Delhi government has released around Rs 459 crore as basic tax assignment, which is 25 per cent of the 2019-20 budget estimates, to the five civic bodies in the city.

The resident doctors and interns at Hindu Rao stopped functioning for three hours on 16 May, before going on an indefinite strike on 20 May.

As the footfall at the Hindu Rao Hospital has always been high, several patients were put through a lot of inconvenience due to the strike. They were being attended to by just about 200 doctors who were not participating in the strike.

Out of the Rs 456 crore released by the Delhi government, the NDMC’s share is Rs 206 crore.

After the funds for the salaries were released, Varsha Joshi, commissioner, NDMC tweeted, “Grateful to Delhi government for finally having released the first quarter basic tax allocation for the current financial year, which was due in April, over a month and a half after the file was processed within the concerned Delhi government department. Hope other dues are also released soon.”

The strike was called off on 21 May, after the release of funds.

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