Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 1
Employees of the Municipal Corporation have been complaining of delay in salaries.
More than 700 officials and employees did not receive their salaries for April till date due to financial crunch.
According to information, there are around 4,500 employees working with the Municipal Corporation. The civics body needs Rs 14.50 core every month to pay the salaries. The MC also failed to pay the power bills due to less revenue.
Around 700 employees are deprived of their salary as the civics body doesn’t have sufficient funds. An amount of Rs 3.5 crore is yet to be released for employees’ salaries.
The employees have blamed the policies of the government for the financial status of the MC.
“The government has waived off octroi tax and introduced the property tax by eliminating the house tax. It has also abolished several other taxes, which were the source of incomes of the civic body. Now, the sources are not enough to pay the salaries. The government should amend the policies”, said an employee.
Harjinder Singh Walia, a member of Sanjhi Sangharsh Committee of MC employees, said, “There are several employees who have not received the salary for April yet. We know that the MC doesn’t have sufficient funds to release the salaries. The Commissioner has asked the employees to increase the recoveries of taxes and fee”.
“The MC is a self-dependent body. The revenue has been decreasing day by day due to the wrong policies of the government. Due to a scarcity of funds, the payment of salaries often gets delayed. The practice has demoralised the employees. The MC should develop its sources of income”, said an official.
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