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Dissatisfied with Rs. 82,000, AAP MLAs seek hike in salaries

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New Delhi: Scores of AAP legislators have approached the Delhi government for a revision in their salaries, complaining that Rs.82,000 per month for a lawmaker was not enough in the national capital.

“They have brought this to our notice time and again. We are looking into it,” a Delhi government official said.

Of the ones who have raised the issue, eight lawmakers are living in rented accommodation. In 2011, the Delhi assembly had passed an amendment bill to double the salaries of MLAs (Member of Legislative Assembly).

Currently, Delhi lawmakers get a salary of Rs.82,000 per month.

“You have to have office in your constituency and staff to attend to people’s grievance. I pay Rs.15,000 per month for a rented office in Jungpura,” AAP MLA Praveen Kumar told IANS.

“In addition to it, I pay Rs.30,000 for two people who look after the constituency. My constituency has over 4 lakh people. Is it enough?” Kumar asked.

Almost all of the 67 MLAs of the Aam Aadmi Party are on the same page on the issue.

Praveen Kumar, Saurabh Bharadwaj, Rituraj, Akhilesh Pati Tripathi, Nitin Tyagi, Sarita Singh, Sanjeev Jha were among those who have sought a hike.

(IANS)

 

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BJP Holds Arvind Kejriwal Responsible For Sanitation Worker’s Death

According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain

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The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization
The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization

The BJP on Monday held Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the death of a sanitation worker in a drain saying that the government was playing with their lives as they are not given protective gear.

“This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. Due to the negligence of the government, sanitation staff goes for cleaning sewers and dies there after inhaling toxic fumes. They are never saved even after rescue operations,” Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters here.

His remarks come a day after a sanitation worker choked to death after he got trapped inside an underground drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Jahroda area.

The work of cleaning the drain was being carried out by the Delhi government’s flood control department.

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“Sanitation workers are our helpers and Kejriwal government is playing with their lives,” he said.

Highlighting the deaths of sanitation workers in Delhi in the past few years, the BJP MP from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency said that in September 2018, five sanitation workers died while in August 2017, 10 died inside sewers.

“Kejriwal is responsible for the deaths of sanitation workers who die while cleaning sewers and the investigating agencies should take action against him,” he said.

Attacking Kejriwal, Tiwari said, “During the last three to four years, more than 60 workers have died.”

Arvind Kejriwal giving speech suring chanda bandh satyagrah
Arvind Kejriwal giving speech during chanda bandh satyagrah

He also accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling his promise of providing safety equipment to sewer workers and mechanical sweeping.

A senior Delhi Police official said that it has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code over the death of the sanitation worker.

The sanitation worker has been identified as Kishan, 37, a resident of north Delhi’s Wazirabad area.

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According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain.

His body was taken out from the drain by a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) late on Sunday night. (IANS)