Published On: Fri, Jan 29th, 2016

Municipal employees dump waste at Manish Sisodia’s office for non-payment of salaries

New Delhi: Garbage started piling up across east Delhi after two days of strike by municipal employees even as protesters demanding payment of salaries dumped waste outside deputy CM Manish Sisodia’s camp office in Khichdipur and on the streets of Laxmi Nagar and Pandav Nagar on Thursday.

Civic workers dumped waste at Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia’s office  for non-payment of salaries.

Civic workers dumped waste at Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia’s office for non-payment of salaries.

The strike also hit at least half of the municipalityrun schools in north and east Delhi, with protesting teachers refraining from taking classes. Citizen service bureaus in zonal offices of both corporations saw decreased activity as employees reported for duty but refrained from working.

After dumping garbage at various spots in east Delhi, the striking employees turned towards the Civic Centre, the headquarters of the north corporation.

An impromptu protest by civic workers forced the North mayor to address the employees, who remained umimpressed with his assurances.

‘Kaam band hadtal’ (Stop Work) posters adorned almost all entry and exit points of the sprawling Civic Centre. Security guards were on their heels as the sloganeering continued.

North mayor Ravinder Gupta, addressing the employees after lunch, tried to assuage their concerns by shifting blame on the Delhi government. But the protesters weren’t convinced.

“We’ve heard enough of these figures. We’ve got nothing to do with the fight between the BJP and the Delhi government. We are only concerned about getting our salaries,” said one protester from the ministerial staff, not wishing to be named for the fear of being reprimanded.

The North Corporation has 57,000 employees and except safai karamcharis none of the others have been paid for November and December.

The employees questioned the mayor on why just the safai karamcharis had been paid while other category D employees were suffering equally.

“They used money from our provident fund to pay others,” accused one protester. “The next academic year is going to start in March. Our children need new books and uniforms. Where do we get that from?” questioned another employee.

As the sloganeering continued unabated, Gupta announced he would resign if he failed to get chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to release funds for payment of salaries.

“Municipal bodies are not profit-making units. Kejriwal has stalled municipal reform funds because we did not have a surplus budget. I will resign if I do not get him to release your salaries,” announced Gupta.

Most employees, after reporting for duty, have been shuttling between the main protest venue at Jantar Mantar and their offices to protest against non-payment of salaries.

Inputs with TNN

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