Pension scam allegation attempt to defame civic bodies: Manoj Tiwari

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) Hours after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) claimed a pension scam of Rs 2,000 crore in the three municipal corporations of Delhi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) termed it an attempt to “politically defame” the civic bodies.

“The allegations of scam in the payment of employee pension levelled by Kapil Mishra is an attempt to politically defame the municipal corporations,” Delhi unit BJP President Manoj Tiwari told reporters.

“It would be better that instead of levelling false charges, the Delhi government releases the amount of social welfare funds due towards the municipal corporations,” he said.

The BJP leader’s remarks came after the Delhi Tourism Minister claimed a pension scam involving Rs 2,000 crore in the three municipal corporations of Delhi and demanded a CBI probe.

Responding to Mishra’s allegations, Tiwari said, “Charges of corruption in the pension distribution in the municipal corporations is due to his lack of administrative knowledge.”

“Besides this the strategy of AAP of levelling political allegations on the activities of the municipal corporations for every matter,” he said.

Explaining how the pension is distributed to the civic bodies employees, Tiwari said: “According to the decision taken by the government of India in 1985, all the state governments and municipal corporations pay salary and pension to their employees through banks.”

Accordingly, all the three municipal corporations of Delhi pay pension to their employees through banks and the life certificate of the pensioner is collected and verified by the banks concerned.

“Employee pension is completely based on verification by the banks and there is no role of the MCD officials and leaders in its payment,” he said.