A delegation of Delhi Pradesh Safai Karamchari Sangh led by Sanjay Gehlot met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Thursday and apprised him of the difficulties civic staff were facing due to salary delays. The CM had also summoned commissioners of East and North MCDs for the meeting.
The commissioners informed the CM that Hridesh Kumar Sharma was a permanent employee and entitled to benefits as a government servant.
Government officials said funds to the corporations had been released. “The North MCD has received Rs 325 crore and the East has received Rs 170 crore, as on May 26,” said a government spokesperson.
An MCD official said, “The dispersal of salaries at the zones takes a day or two due to formalities and checking of attendance. It will be released at the earliest through electronic transfer.”
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Meanwhile, the delegation sought assurance from Kejriwal that funds provided to the civic bodies will “prioritise salaries” to safai karamcharis and other employees. “When MCD gets money, they tell us that it has come under a different head and cannot be provided for salaries. The Chief Minister has assured us that from now on, salaries will be a priority when funds are released,” Gehlot told The Indian Express.
The North and East civic bodies have been reeling under financial crisis since March 2015. Recurring strikes by different categories of workers have put the spotlight on the financial troubles of the Municipal Corporations of Delhi. The civic bodies have struggled to fulfil basic functions and suspended welfare objectives owing to shortage of funds over the past year.