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5 months and counting: students in MCD schools go without notebooks

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Municipal-Corporation-of-Delhi-MCDAccording to a national daily report, for the last 5 months over four lakh students studying in 746 primary schools run by North MCD have been going to school without notebooks.

As per the Right to Education Act, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is entitled to provide each child studying in primary schools five subject notebooks and a drawing file, free of cost at the beginning of the session, that is April 1.

The RTE Act also states that it is the responsibility of the state to ensure that the students get the required material which include free books and uniforms along with the notebooks.

When asked for an explanation, the corporation said that due to the delay in the required budget, the students are not being provided with the notebooks.

“The session began in April, but the budget was delayed. We did not receive any money, so we could not pay the contractor. We are hoping to get the budget soon,” Ramesh Bansiwal, Chairman, Education Committee, North Corporation was quoted in the report.

 

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MCD employees protest continues for 11th day

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New Delhi: MCD employees protest continues for the 11th day over the non-payment of salaries. The strike by municipal workers continued until Saturday as employees of Delhi’s civic bodies burnt effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Hundreds of employees of the municipal corporations staged a noisy demonstration and dumped garbage at various places including the camp office of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in Khirchipur and Shyam Lal College in Burari.

The protestors staged a march and also burnt an effigy of Transport Minister Gopal Rai near his office at Babarput in east Delhi.

“We will continue to dump garbage on the streets of Delhi till our demands are met,” Sanjay Gehlot, president of the Mazdoor Vikas Sanyukta Morcha, told agency.

Gahlot said workers will visit Delhi High Court on Monday and apprise it of the whole issue.

United Front of MCD Employees president Rajesh Mishra said a section of doctors and engineers called off their strike but it will not affect their ongoing protest. “The strike is on,” he maintained.

“We will not call off our strike till our demands of reaching a permanent solution to the crisis and merger of municipal corporations are considered,” he added.

Employees of Delhi’s civic bodies have been protesting over the non-payment of salaries for the past few months and directing their ire at both the Delhi and central governments for the last 11 days.

Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Friday announced a loan of Rs.300 crore to two municipal corporations for payment of salaries to striking workers, but they refused to heed to his appeal to return to work.

Earlier this week, the Kejriwal government had also announced Rs.551 crore to the North and East Delhi Municipal Corporations for paying salaries.(IANS)

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Kejriwal supports MCD employees protest but provides no solution

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New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi supported the protests held by civic body employees for the demands of their salaries. MCD employees have been protesting for three days now and as part of their protests they put garbage in front of political leader’s houses.

“I support (the) demand of protesting MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi) employees that they should get their full salaries,” the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader tweeted.

“I hope some solution will emerge” after Tuesday’s hearing on the issue in the Delhi High Court, he added.

Sanitation workers have been on strike demanding immediate payment of salaries and pending back wages. In some areas, they have not only refused to clear garbage but have littered it on the streets.

Health department workers of the civic body have also joined the protest, also demanding payment of salaries.

The civic body is divided into three zones, all three run by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The BJP has accused the AAP-controlled Delhi government of starving the civic body of funds, leading to the present crisis. The Delhi government denies the charge. Earlier this months MCD teachers also held protests as they also have not bee paid their salaries since October.(IANS)

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MCD teachers protest over non payment of due salaries

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New Delhi: Three months have passed since MCD teachers in Delhi received their salary. Both Delhi government and MCD claimed that they do not have the money to pay the salary and this situation might continue till the new budget is declared.

The salaries due for three months were not cleared. The patience of teachers finally gave in and they started holding peaceful protests from 24th December.

Teachers protested at the CM Arvind Kejriwal’s residence on 30th December. Then the protest moved to Jantar Mantar on 2nd and 3rd January where police used water cannons to disperse them.

Radhey Shyam Sharma, a teacher at Nangloi under the North MCD said that they do not have any issue with police or anyone. He said police is doing its job. All they want is their hard earned salary.

Most of the teachers are middle-class people who are working to feed their family and fulfill other basic needs like the school fee of children, bank loans.

It is a case of the political struggle. AAP is in the government in Delhi and BJP is in power in the MCD. With next MCD election to take place in 2017, both parties are playing the politics and teachers are the victim of it.

Radhey Shyam Sharma added that they just want their salary. He appealed that teachers should not be made the scapegoat of the tussle between the political parties. Because the job of teaching affects the future of the country. If teachers will keep protesting when will they teach?

The fiasco comes at a time when the Arvind Kejriwal’s government passed the bill to increase the salaries of Delhi MLAs and said that MPs salary should also be increased. The government needs to answer this that would they have been what they are today without their teachers?

The government needs to answer this that would they have been what they are today without their teachers?

Teachers are holding the protest peacefully, the worst thing is that there has been no assurance from the government or the MCD on clearing the dues. All the government officials are getting their salaries but when it comes to a teacher, the government has run out of funds. Teachers also showed disappointment at the media for ignoring the incident completely.

Radhey Shyam Sharma further added that there are no arrears or bonuses, no DAs given in last three years to the teachers.

What is this new culture in India that a common person has to go to Jantar Mantar and protest for the most basic things every time?

Teachers deserve the respect as they make the future leaders, doctors, engineers and all kinds of professionals a country need. Alexander the great once said “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well”.

If the teachers are treated this way then it will discourage future students to take up teaching as a profession. A person needs financial support to live his life and a teacher is no different.

Today around 1000 teachers are protesting at Rohini and government needs to take some steps to resolve this issue and provide teacher salaries.