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Arvind Kejriwal's sops fail to end Delhi's garbage woes

Garbage woes continue to trouble Delhiites even though Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced that his government is releasing Rs 868 crore for East and North Delhi Municipal Corporations.

Mail Today Bureau   New Delhi     Last Updated: June 11, 2015  | 08:15 IST
Kejriwal's sops fail to end Delhi's garbage woes
Sanitation workers continue to dump garbage on the streets despite CM Arvind Kejriwal releasing Rs 868 crore for the cash-strapped EDMC and NDMC

Garbage woes continue to trouble Delhiites even though Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced that his government is releasing Rs 868 crore for the cashstrapped East and North Delhi Municipal Corporations.

The sanitation workers, who have been demanding salaries for last two months, continued to dump garbage on streets on Wednesday despite several assurances from the chief minister.

The worst affected was the NH-24 and areas like Mayur Vihar and Patparganj, the constituency of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

The sanitation workers emptied the garbage on the streets and even blocked the roads with pickup vans. During his interaction with employees of the two civic bodies at Ramlila Maidan, Kejriwal had on Monday announced that the state government was releasing funds for the civic bodies.

The CM accused the BJP-governed MCD of embezzlement of funds leading to such an acute financial crunch. He had also cautioned the sanitation workers and asked them to stage dharna against the 'corrupt' MCD and not against the Delhi government if next month's salary is not released.

The cash deficit of North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) is to the tune of Rs 3,000 crore.

The East Delhi Municipal Corporation is facing the cumulative loss of Rs 2,000 crore ever since it came into existence in 2012.

Officials said the EDMC spends nearly Rs 1,200 crore to pay the salary of its employees while the NDMC spends aroud Rs 2,100 crore on salary and pension of its employees.

The EDMC and NDMC have around 30,000 and 65,000 employees on their payroll.

Citing poor job conditions, extended hours of working and salary deductions on various false pretexts, the workers claimed they were struggling to meet the ends owing to constant delay in monthly salary payment.

The authorities cited procedural delay, which led to the non-payment of salaries to the employees. An official of the NDMC said salary for the month of January has been paid to the workers.

Deputy CM Manish Sisodia also brought the "budgetary papers of the MCDs" to show how the money allocated for sanitation workers by MCD commissioners had been diverted towards making stadia, swimming pools and street dog vaccination.

Meanwhile, a few days ago, the BJP councillors staged a demonstration at the Civic Centre against the government's move to interact with sanitation workers.

North Delhi Mayor Ravinder Gupta said the AAP government was politicising the release of salaries of employees by holding such public meetings.

He said the Delhi government owed nearly Rs 1,000 crore to the North Delhi Corporation and if the same amount was not given, the civic body would drag the state government to the court.

Delhi Congress staged a protest at the Civic Centre against the non-payment of wages to MCD sanitary workers. Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken, who led the party workers, also accused the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi and the Narendra Modi regime at the Centre of not being concerned about the problems being faced by Delhi's people.

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