MCD strike: BJP ‘misappropriating’ funds meant for salaries, says Manish Sisodia

As the deadline for the government to act upon their demands ended Saturday, the employees have decided to intensify their strike and extend it indefinitely.

Written by Naveed Iqbal | New Delhi | Updated: February 4, 2016 10:15 pm
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Even as Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia hit out at the BJP Saturday for “misappropriating funds provided by the government for salaries of MCD staff”, the BJP expressed shock at the government’s move to bring in alternate staff to clean the streets.

Sisodia also alleged that the BJP is “instigating” workers to throw garbage outside ministers’ residences and offices, and challenged BJP leaders of the civic bodies to make details of their expenditure public. “People of Delhi as well as the sanitation workers are worried and their concerns are justified, but where is the money that the government provided for 12 months salaries?” said Sisodia.

MCD Strike: A Look At The Delhi Streets & Delhi Govt’s Response

The AAP government Saturday deployed 91 trucks and support staff across the city to sweep the streets as municipal employees continued their protest over unpaid dues. Workers have also opposed the government’s move to bring in additional staff.

As the deadline for the government to act upon their demands ended Saturday, the employees have decided to intensify their strike and extend it indefinitely.

President of the Swatantra Mazdoor Vikas Sanyukt Morcha Sanjay Gehlot — who is leading a group of MCD workers’s unions in their agitation against the government — expressed his disappointment as “no one from the MCD or the government has shown the will to speak to them and address workers’ issues”.

Gehlot also asked why the government could not provide funds to MCD authorities when it could pay for private trucks and more staff.

Safai karamcharis dumped garbage outside the residence of Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel Saturday and protested outside PWD minister Satyendar Jain’s residence as well. “On Monday, we will gather in large numbers outside DJB minister Kapil Mishra’s house,” said Gehlot.

Since the strike began Wednesday, sanitation workers have held demonstrations outside the Chief Minister’s residence followed by the deputy CM and other members of the cabinet.

Emphasising that this was not the time for settling scores, Gehlot said while the government claims to have given the MCDs their due, the mayors insist that the matter is not in their hands.

Speaking to The Indian Express, North Delhi commissioner P K Gupta said, “All of the corporation’s income is being spent on salaries.”

Meanwhile, Sisodia argued that instead of attacking the AAP, the BJP should ask the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for its dues.

The DDA owes the three corporations over Rs 1,600 crore in property tax dues. However, as per a letter sent to the corporations by the Union Urban Development ministry in December last year, the DDA is not liable to pay property tax to them by virtue of being “a statutory body established by an act of Parliament”. The DDA and MCDs are contesting the matter in the Delhi High Court.

‘South corporation staff being paid on time, joining strike uncalled for’

The South corporation, however, remains unaffected by the financial troubles being faced by the other two bodies although sanitation workers of the SDMC have joined the strike.

“Certain sections of safai karamcharis of SDMC have stopped working without a valid reason. This unilateral action on part of these employees is uncalled for, untenable and illegal. SDMC employees are paid salaries on time and this dereliction of duty is causing inconvenience to residents,” said the corporation in a statement.

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  1. I
    IML sood
    Jan 31, 2016 at 3:04 pm
    What disgusted charge without any proof. Habit die hard. Like master his slave will speak in same language just to hide their failure. They believe in survey on each and every occasion as a so called App, so why not asking for a survey to judge peoples' view about their performance now? The dare not as they know the public answer. Go on doing all this nautanki for some more time, end of the show is approaching very fast.
    1. A
      Jan 31, 2016 at 3:20 pm
      But more garbage is required to put in front of AAP's house. Going by your thinking, it seems your brain is also filled with garbage . Can you lend some of it to throw infront of their house ?
      1. mishra Mishra
        Jan 31, 2016 at 2:30 pm
        Now none says that Delhi is not a full state and LG, GOI, Police, MHA, BJP, CONGRESS etc has all the liberty to interfere in Governance of Delhi and MCD. None of these are there to share the financial burden of BJP led MCDs. Everyone knows that MCD are as corrupt as Police. No surprise that their payrolls may have ghost sweepers. Thanks to PWD, Jal Board for taking on the challenge to keep the capital city clean. BJP GOI has recently slapped a .5% swach bharat surcharge on all service tax payers. Why not they give money from that to 3 MCD. Why LG the great is not asking BJP led 3 MCD people to publish balance sheets of MCDs in news papers. Why not CBI ? police raids MCD office to unearth the ry scam?
        1. R
          Jan 31, 2016 at 4:08 am
          BJP run MCD Mayors need to answer where all the money the Delhi govt gave them has gone ?? Shows there is something fishy about why the BJP opposed MCD books to be audited by the CAG when AAP requested.
          1. C
            COL. SN
            Jan 31, 2016 at 2:58 pm
            Family feeds familyFIRST and DRI KS for SELF later. LEADERS of MCD can neither SKILL nor Priority in managing funds. Must PASCK UP.
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