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New Delhi: The AAP government was accused on Monday by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) before the Delhi High Court for not releasing funds were due as per the Delhi Finance Commission which was Rs 627.93 crore in the last four years.

In an affidavit, the EDMC said salaries of its safai karamcharis are released up to December 2015 but, as of January 2016, Rs 217 crore is needed to make up to date payments of salaries to all categories of employees including pension to retirees.

It sought the immediate release of municipal reforms funds which are already provided under the recommendation of 3rd Finance Commission but not being released by the Delhi government for the last three financial years.

EDMC’s counsel Mini Pushkarna said the corporation is facing “huge financial crunch” and is unable to sustain its financial liabilities and has already written to Lt Governor Najeeb Jung for grant of a Rs 500 crore bail out package.

On the other hand, the Delhi government vehemently denied that the non-payment of salaries or arrears to employees of civic bodies were due to non-release of funds and instead blamed it on “the massive financial mismanagement” by the corporation.

In its affidavit, the government said the total funds available with the MCDs are over and above the expenditure that has been incurred. It also said that the MCDs are at “liberty” to recover property tax from unauthorized colonies.

“Municipal corporations have been attempting to get their statutory nonfeasance excused or justified by creating a boogey of non-release of funds by the answering respondent,” the state government said, adding 100 percent of the revised estimates of the year 2015-2016 amounting to Rs 892.92 crore, Rs 465.53 crore and Rs 830.41 crores for North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), EDMC and South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) respectively, under non-plan heads, has already been released.

The response of EDMC and the Delhi government came on a PIL seeking the release of salaries of municipal workers. The employees of three civic corporations have been on strike since January 27, demanding payment of salaries and pending wages.(IANS)

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Publishers Body Welcomes HC Order Lifting Non-NCERT Book Ban

"The ruling, in addition to providing convenience to children and parents, will also enable them to choose books depending on their preference,"

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Good education can reduce the impact of childhood abuse. Pixabay
Good education can reduce the impact of childhood abuse. Pixabay

The Association of Publishers in India (API) on Tuesday welcomed the Delhi High Court order which stipulated that sale of non-NCERT books must not be disallowed in CBSE-affiliated schools, calling the practice “discriminatory”.

“The court decision exemplifies the point that an ideal education system is the one that recognizes the role of multiple stakeholders and is learner-centric. The decision has been welcomed by not just students and parents but also by schools, private publishers, authors and others as it symbolizes ‘freedom of choice’ in education,” the representative body of publishers of academic texts said in a statement.

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“The ruling, in addition to providing convenience to children and parents, will also enable them to choose books depending on their preference,” it said.

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Arguing that the sale of books, stationery and other items sold by the school be treated as “essential requirements”, the court last week in a decision refused to put a ban on these activities. Pixabay

 

In doing so, the court overturned the April 2017 injunction issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which asked affiliating schools not to indulge in “commercial” activities.

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The court said the availability of uniforms, non-NCERT reference books or even food items for sale only to the students of the school does not fall in the category of and cannot at all be considered as commercialization.

Earlier in its circular, the board had asked the schools to “desist from the unhealthy practice of coercing parents to buy textbooks, notebooks, stationery, uniforms, shoes, school bags etc from within the premise or from selected vendors only” and directed them to operate as doing “community service” as per the board by-laws.

Minister of State for Human Resource Development Upendra Kushwaha, in December last year, told Parliament that CBSE has not directed students or schools to buy or prescribe NCERT books only. (IANS)

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