Municipal corporations on Tuesday told Delhi High Court that they have been paying salaries on time to all ‘safai karamchaaris’ on their payroll, complying with the court’s directions in this regard. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) told a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Seghal that they have complied with the court’s July 11 direction asking the corporations to pay monthly salary of ‘safai karamchaaris’ on or before 10th of every month from August onwards.
Similarly, in its compliance report filed before the court East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) said that salaries of all the ‘safai karamchaaris’ till September 30 have been paid.
EDMC has said that the July salary was released on August 5, while salaries for the months of August and September were released on September 1 and October 4 respectively.
The bench has now posted the matter for January 23 next year, saying it will keep it pending to monitor whether its directions were being complied with or not.
In its directions, the bench had asked the civic bodies to submit compliance report before the court on 11th of each month and warned of initiating contempt proceedings against them in case of non-compliance.
Earlier, in July the Delhi government had told the high court that they have taken adequate steps to resolve the issue of timely payment of the salaries to ‘safai karamchaaris’.
It had said a proposal has been placed before the AAP government’s cabinet with regard to disbursement of Municipal Reform Fund (MRF) even to those corporations which have not performed well.
The bench had passed the July 11 directions on three PILs seeking payment of salaries to ‘safai karamchaaris’ employed with the MCDs.
The court had on May 27 said it was not concerned with the dispute between the AAP government and the three BJP-led municipal corporations in the city and only wanted that all employees of the civic bodies get their salaries.