San­i­ta­tion work­ers burn EDMC chief’s ef­figy

As work­ers’ union sticks to de­mands, garbage piles up in many ar­eas

DNA (Delhi) - - COMMUNITY - Advitya Bahl cor­re­spon­dent@dnain­dia.net

The in­def­i­nite strike by san­i­ta­tion work­ers of the East Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (EDMC) en­tered its sec­ond day on Thurs­day as hun­dreds of EDMC work­ers de­manded the pay­ment of salaries due to them, clear­ance of ar­rears and med­i­cal cash­less cards. The work­ers protested out­side the res­i­dence of East Delhi Mayor Neema Bha­gat in Geeta Colony and burnt an ef­figy of the Com­mis­sioner.

“Ev­ery­one in the govern­ment talks about ‘Swachh Bharat’ but no one talks about our is­sues or our raises. We have dumped garbage in front of her house and burnt her ef­figy to high­light our plight. We will con­tinue to strike till our dues and de­mands are met,” said Sanjay Gehlot, pres­i­dent of the MCD Swach­hata Karm­chari Union. He claimed that the union has about 11,000 mem­bers and most of them have joined the stir which ef­fec­tively means that east Delhi is star­ing at a garbage cri­sis. “We know Di­wali is com­ing up and peo­ple will face problems but they should think of us too, who have to man­age with mea­gre salaries,” added Gehlot.

“We have raised our voices sev­eral times but our de­mands which in­clude pay­ment of salaries to sev­eral em­ploy­ees, ar­rears and med­i­cal cash­less card, retirement ben­e­fits and pen­sion are never pro­vided. We have al­ways been as­sured that ac­tion will be taken but noth­ing hap­pens,” Gehlot said.

On Tues­day, a day ahead of the strike, Mayor Bha­gat had met mem­bers of some of the unions and as­sured them that their de­mands would be met. “The meet­ing was held to end the dead­lock. Their salaries have been dis­bursed and they were en­sured that their bonus will be re­leased be­fore Di­wali as well but they still pre­fer to go on strike. How­ever, safai karam­charis are the EDMC’s back­bone and the cor­po­ra­tion will make all pos­si­ble ef­forts to ful­fil their de­mands,” said East Delhi Mayor Neema Bha­gat. This is the third strike this year by san­i­ta­tion work­ers over non-pay­ment of salaries as well as is­sues re­lated to reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion of jobs.

The im­pact of the strike was felt from day one it­self as garbage was not col­lected from sev­eral ar­eas in Kr­ishna Na­gar, New Ashok Na­gar, Laxmi Na­gar among oth­ers.

—ANI

Work­ers protested out­side the East Delhi Mayor’s res­i­dence

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