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Kejriwal announces Rs 550 crore loan to MCD, blames BJP for instigating strike

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:34 IST

In order to pacify the ongoing MCD pandemonium in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a loan of Rs 550 crore to the agencies so that they could pay the workers their unpaid dues.

"We will arrange salaries till 31 January, for which Rs 690 crore is needed. We are paying Rs 142 crore immediately," Kejriwal said in Bengaluru, where he is undergoing treatment at a naturopathy centre.

However, he reiterated that the Delhi government does not owe any money to the agencies and that adequate funds had been allocated to them under the budget.

Mounting an attack on the Centre, the Delhi CM said that the MCD has become a den of corruption under BJP and that the Modi government is attempting to destabilise his government in Delhi.

DDA also came under the Delhi CM's scathing attack today as he accused the body of not paying property tax amounting to Rs 1,500 which it owes the MCD.

Earlier today, a group of sanitation workers swarmed roads, stopped traffic and dumped trash on the highway protesting the non-payment of their salaries.

Workers of BJP-led municipal corporations allege that they have not been paid for three months and it is the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government 's duty to release funds. AAP has accused the BJP of instigating the protests for political reasons.

Due to a week-long strike by the MCD workers, the national capital is grappling under filth.

First published: 3 February 2016, 4:17 IST