Why is lakhs disbursed to NDMC members in name of perks: HC

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New Delhi, May 21 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today directed NDMC to file its reply by May 26 as to under what provisions of law they are disbursing lakhs of rupees to its council members in the name of perks and allowances.

A bench comprising Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice S Murlidhara directed the NDMC to reply by Monday under what provisions are they giving Rs 1.75 lakhs per month as allowances to its non-officiating members.

A public interest litigation was filed by a lawyer Monica Arora stating that the NDMC was illegally disbursing lakhs of rupees every month to its non-officiating members whereas it is not permitted in the rules of NDMC, The bench observed that how can any council allow perks which are not governed by rules.

''Every statutory body is governed by a set of rules. It cannot be left to the councils' whims and fancies to decide how much to be paid as allowances.'' Lawyer for NDMC said the practice is going on since 1996 and the NDMC members are provided bungalows, cars, drivers, staff and other perks to the tune of Rs 1.75 lakhs per month.

Justice Shah said if it is not governed by rules it has to be stopped forthwith and said it is a pure case of law where NDMC has to establish that it has the power to allow such perks and allowances to its members.

Monica Arora contended that out of the total 11 members of the NDMC council, six are government officials and remaining are non- officiating members as MLAs and others from the public.

According to rules, the non-officiating members are allowed Rs 1000 and not more than Rs 3000 per month but they are having posh bungalows having expenditure of Rs 1.75 lakhs per month.


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