Friday, June 21, 2024
HomeNews ReportsHow did Arvind Kejriwal turnaround profit making Delhi Jal Board to Rs 800 crore...

How did Arvind Kejriwal turnaround profit making Delhi Jal Board to Rs 800 crore loss making one?

An RTI query has revealed that in three years of coming to power, Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government has turned profit making Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to a Rs. 800 crore loss-making unit. As per reports, when Kejriwal came to power, he had theorised that the DJB should work under no-profit-no-loss basis. He believed that the aim of the board is not to make a profit but to benefit the people. But ever since he took charge of the DJB, it has turned into a loss-making unit.

In response to the RTI filed by RTI activist Sanjeev Jain, in the year 2016-17, the DJB posted the loss of Rs. 533 crore whereas the estimated loss for the year 2017-18 is pegged at Rs. 275 crore. This takes the loss of two years to over Rs. 800 crores. Interestingly, in the year 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16, the board showed no loss. The RTI says that the loss is due to the implementation of 7th Pay Commission. The decision to provide free water may have been a politically wise decision, but financially it does not seem to have done well for the DJB. In a bid to counter the losses, the board had increased tariffs by 20% in December 2017. The increased bill reached the consumers from February onward. Even though the board has the mandate to increase 10% tariff every year, the rates were not increased in last 3 years, which could have added to the loss.

Delhi High Court has also raised questions over the free water provided by Delhi Government. Charge one paisa or 10 paise, but nothing should be given free of cost, the Delhi High Court had said to the Delhi Government.

Two years back, Arvind Kejriwal had said that the board had made a profit of Rs. 178 crore and credited his non-corruption stand on the same. He had credited himself for the profit and said that the money has stopped going to the ministers’ pockets and hence the profit. Interestingly, Kejriwal, who was had not held a single portfolio, took over water portfolio in September 2017 and became the chairperson of the Delhi Jal Board.

Ayodhra Ram Mandir special coverage by OpIndia

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staff
OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

Patna HC strikes down 65% reservation law: Here’s how similar laws in other states were struck down by courts while Tamil Nadu continues to...

It is pertinent to mention that the RJD-JDU-led Bihar government's amendments in November last year, based on a state-wide caste census, increased reservations to 20% for Scheduled Castes, 2% for Scheduled Tribes, 18% for Other Backward Classes, and 25% for Extremely Backward Classes, with an additional 10% for the Economically Weaker Sections, bringing the total to 75%.

Delhi Court granted bail to Arvind Kejriwal without reading ED documents saying it has no time to read thousands of pages, ED calls it...

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal was granted bail by Special Judge Niyay Bindu of Rouse Avenue Courts without reading the documents filed by ED and hearing its arguments

Recently Popular

- Advertisement -