At least 70 contractual staff members of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) held a “silent protest” outside the Commission premises at ITO on Tuesday and submitted a memorandum to the member-secretary seeking release of their salaries, allegedly held back for three months.
The memorandum comes two days after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote to L-G Najeeb Jung, objecting to the appointment of the DCW member-secretary Alka Dewan.
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“As per the representation of the DCW chairperson, Ms Alka Dewan appears to have been stalling the functioning of the commission…,” the CM had written to Jung.
In the memorandum, the staff members said, “It is difficult for us to survive without salaries for long and unwillingly due to non payment of salaries for the last three months, we may have to quit.”
As per DCW officials , only 20 staff members work on a permanent basis and the rest are contractual employees.
DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal said, “Over 90 per cent of them (contractual workers) earn less than Rs 25,000. They are on the verge of leaving their jobs. I believe they are continuing only because they understand that the programmes of the Commission — 181, Rape Crisis Cell and others — will close if they do so… It is painful to see the member-secretary sabotaging DCW’s work. I urge the L-G to immediately intervene and ensure salaries are paid to the staff of DCW.”
Meanwhile, Kejriwal on Tuesday tweeted, “Modi ji ne ek taraf logon ka paisa rok liya, dusri taraf mahilaon ki salary bhi rok li (On the one hand, Modiji has held back people’s money and on the other, he has held back the salaries of women).”