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MCD spent only Rs 1.86 cr of Rs 336 cr central fund in 2 yrs:

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Swaraj today claimed that the Municipal Corporation of (MCD) could spend only Rs 1.86 crore of the Rs 336 crore allocated by the Centre over the last years under Swachh Mission, a charge denied by the BJP-led civic bodies.

Under the Swachh Mission, launched by Prime Minister Modi in October 2014, the MCDs are to get Rs 360.01 crore over a period of five years.

"In 2015-16, received 139.60 crore. Of this, the North MCD received Rs 46.28 crore, the East MCD got Rs 41.99 crore. However, of these, the North and the East could not spend a single penny, while the South MCD spent Rs 1.86 crore," said the Yogendra Yadav-led party.

"Due to the nitty-gritties being left unattended, not a single work has been done under the mission in Delhi," Swaraj spokesperson Anupam claimed, adding, "But, the leaders and even the PM leave no stone unturned in photo shoots and speeches."

Rubbishing the claims, the said Swaraj India, which will be contesting the civic polls scheduled by mid of this year, should "get its figures right".

East Delhi MCD said the scheme requires it to spend 70 per cent of the over-all money allocated from its own resources, a "herculean task" for a financially ailing civic body.

Party's general secretary Ajit Jha said more money was allocated to Delhi in 2016-17, but this amount has not been released as the money of the previous fiscal year was left unutilised.

"As of last week, the available amount of money lying with the North MCD was Rs 92.28 crore, with the South MCD it was Rs 83.99 crore and the Eastern Municipal Corporation had Rs 64.61 crore available.

"But the total amount of money spent in Delhi (by the MCDs) over the two years has been only Rs 1.86 crore out of Rs 336 crore," Jha claimed.

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First Published: Fri, January 27 2017. 22:42 IST