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Sanitation workers on strike for non-payment of salaries in Delhi


New Delhi: Delhi municipal sanitation workers staged a protest against the non-payment of their salaries leading to which they dumped garbage outside Deputy Chief Minister Sisodia’s Camp office in east Delhi.

The protestors have threatened for an indefinite strike if their demands are not fulfilled at the earliest. They have demanded for an immediate release of funds of their salaries, which they say are pending for a long time.

The workers have raised slogans against the government and dumped garbage outside the office building of Sisodia’s camp in Patparganj.

“Many workers are not being paid their salary for two to three months. Despite several appeals, our demands are not considered,” said Sanjay Gehlot, president of Mazdoor Vikas Sanyukta Morcha.

“We will call off work for an indefinite period if our demands are not met,” he added.

More than 1.5 lakh workers have gone on a three-day strike on Wednesday for non-payment of their salaries.

Apart from all this, the employees are also demanding payment of arrears, regularization of employees who are on a contract basis and also a meagre of the three corporations.

Earlier, in October 2015, the employees of East Delhi Municipal Corporation went on a strike with the similar demands.(IANS)

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Salaries of principals of uncleaned schools will not be increased: Manish Sisodia


New Delhi: The Delhi government has decided to withhold the salary increment of school principals for failing to conduct a cleaning drive in their schools despite warnings.

Deputy Chief Minister and education minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia on Friday said to reporters that  some 150 of the 1,000 government schools did not follow government instruction to clean their premises.

“Of these schools, some of them were very dirty. We have decided not to give increment to these principals for two years”.

“I had given all schools a deadline to clean the premises. I even asked them to hire labour to do that,” Sisodia said.

We made 225 teams, each having four people, who surveyed all the school buildings. We observed that many schools did good work, but 15-20 percent didn’t work at all. They took it casually,” he said, adding that people would have to be roped in to ensure cleanliness.

“We are developing an app through which people would be able to click the picture of garbage in schools and report to us,” said Sisodia, adding that the government had identified about 30 acres of land to build a model school village.

“This will be in northeast Delhi. About 10 schools of different streams will be built there“.

He also spoke about measures in field education like building 8,000 classrooms in the existing schools and building another 25 by next year.

Sisodia said he was thinking of adopting the European countries’ education model in Delhi schools. (Inputs from IANS)

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Striking workers should not obstruct MCD employees: HC


New Delhi:  The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked city police commissioner to ensure that municipal corporation employees are not obstructed by the striking sanitation workers from lifting garbage from roads in the national capital.

A division bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath in an interim order restrained the associations of safai karmacharis (sanitation workers) unions from obstructing removal of garbage.

It also issued notice to Delhi Police Commissioner and sought its response by January 8, 2016.

The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) filed an application seeking direction to the safai karamchaaris working under them to comply with the court’s earlier order.

It told the court that EDMC is again facing obstruction in lifting the garbage from the areas within its jurisdiction due to the strike and agitation by the safai karamchaaris including the joint forum of unions.

In its earlier orders had directed sanitation workers not to obstruct to the removal of garbage, after they went on strike due to non payment of salaries.


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Delhi govt’s indifferent attitude made civil sanitation workers protest


Newsgram Staff Writer

 New Delhi:  The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) sanitation workers created an ugly scene outside the south zone office of EDMC on Saturday, as they went on a strike. This protest was organized by the sanitation workers who are demanding permanent jobs and protesting against the non-payment of wages and salaries.

The Central government’s response to this protest was recorded in a statement made BJP president Satish Upadhyay “The Delhi government is not releasing funds for salaries. They have money for advertisement, to pay their employees but they do not have money for the poor safai karamcharis. They should avoid this kind of politics.”

Not only this, the striking workers threatened to continue their protests across Delhi if their demands were not met. They were demanding permanent jobs, payment of arrears and cashless medical insurance.

The mayors of three different corporations met Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to discuss how to end the strike but with no result.

(With inputs from IANS)