The acute financial distress at the municipal corporations in East and North on Tuesday threatened to spread further with sanitation workers in East deciding to to go on strike and the BJP-led North DMC planning to move court against the AAP government for release of funds.
In a meeting held on Monday, North DMC directed its commissioner “to prepare to go to the court” for seeking funds. “It is our legitimate right. NDMC has warned Delhi CM that it will be his responsibility if the sanitation system collapses and the staff goes on strike because they have not been paid,” a senior official said.
“We will not work till the time our wages are paid and temporary employees are made permanent. For the last two months, over 8,000 sanitation workers of EDMC have not received wages,” said Rajendra Mewati, president of Akhil Bharatiya Safai Mazdoor Congress.
Attacking the AAP government for its attitude on the issue, NDMC maintained that it owes nearly Rs 2,000 crores over several years.
This is not the first time this year that sanitation workers of these civic bodies have gone on strike over the issue of non-payment of salaries. To register their protest, these workers dumped garbage on streets and market places a few weeks ago.
Even as the civic agencies attack the Delhi government, sanitation workers have found themselves caught in the crossfire as the tussle between the BJP-led municipal bodies and AAP-led state government continues.
“We had been assured that our salaries will be given to us on time. We had approached the state government on the issue earlier this year.
Because of the political battle between these two parties, basic wages of sanitation workers are not being disbursed,” Mewati said.