After targeting Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s house Thursday, municipal corporation workers’ dumped garbage outside Transport Minister Gopal Rai’s house and office Friday. Thousands of municipal workers are on strike as all categories of workers remain unpaid and sanitation services have been affected for the third day.
Over the last year, MCD employees (mostly sanitation workers) have gone off work five times — in February, June, October, November 2015 and January 2016. Owing to the lack of funds and intermittent strikes, the corporation’s sanitation services have been affected and development and welfare functions have been temporarily suspended.
MCD workers dump garbage outside Delhi Minister Gopal Rai’s residence in a protest over non-payment of dues pic.twitter.com/V8MJ8U3Xb5
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The United Front of MCD Employees said workers will continue to dump garbage outside ministers’ houses as long as their issue remains unresolved.
“We have tried to seek appointments, we have presented memorandums, we have protested peacefully but the only thing that draws the government’s attention to our problem is when the garbage spills on to the streets that they have to cross,” said Rajendra Mewati, general secretary of the front.
While the AAP has alleged a “salary scam” in the MCDs, the Congress pointed to a reduction in funds for the corporation by the Kejriwal government.
“Budget allocation to the MCDs has gone down from Rs 3,128 crore during the Congress government to Rs 2,457 under the AAP. Under 15 years of Congress rule in Delhi, the situation was never so grim,” said Pradesh Congress chief Ajay Maken Friday.
Demanding a high level inquiry to find out the MCDs’ expenditure, Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra said the corporations must provide details of their accounts to determine where the funds allocated to them have been spent. “… In all three municipal corporations, a big salary scam has been carried out by the BJP. The question is how will the lid be taken off this scam? Who is behind it?” he said.
While the government claims to have released all funds, the MCDs assert that only grants due to the civic bodies have been released, while global share and municipal reform fund remain unpaid since 2013.