Delhi's municipal corporation eliminates 2,181 positions

The decision comes after an independent third-party audit conducted by EY

PTI07_31_2023_000206B MCD Mayor Shelly Oberoi speaks during the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) House session at Civic Centre, in New Delhi, Monday, July 31, 2023 | PTI

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), on Monday, decided to eliminate 2,181 positions across its 14 departments. The decision comes after an independent third-party audit conducted by multinational company EY (formerly Ernst & Young), according to a report by the Hindustan Times. 

The 147,172 posts have come down to 144,991 posts with effect from July 1 this year. The cut positions will not lead to lay-offs but will be reflected in the next round of recruitment. The independent study was conducted to conclude the post-unification restructuring of the executive wing. 

EY has carried out exhaustive consultation with the departments, a report by the MCD commissioner Gyanesh Bharti to the civic body’s elected wing states.

Three departments -- assessment and collection, DEMS (sanitation), and hospital administration reported that there was a demand for a minor increase in posts. Several departments including education, IT, land and estate, toll tax, and veterinary department, said they had adequate posts proportionate to the quantum and nature of work. It was concluded that posts could be abolished from 14 departments. 

Mukesh Goyal, the Aam Aadmi Party leader of the house said the house has approved the proposal moved by the commissioner, but, the legal ramifications of some of the changes will be checked. 

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kamaljeet Sehrawat, meanwhile, said the matter related to the restructuring of the civic body should have been discussed openly in the house. Sehrawat also accused AAP of creating “distractions” by raising issues such as Manipur, Hindustan Times reported. “We as councillors feel there is shortage of staff and I am not aware how they have found out excess posts. These things should be debated openly and we would have asked the executive wing if they agree to these changes,” he said.

Before unification in May 2022, the North, South, and East MCDs had a total of 150,557 posts. 


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