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Clear East Delhi garbage immediately, directs Delhi HC

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Published : Jan 11, 2017, 3:06 am IST
Updated : Jan 11, 2017, 6:47 am IST

The PIL was filed seeking directions to the workers to clear up the garbage which could eventually pose a threat to people.

Delhi High Court (Photo: PTI)
 Delhi High Court (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: Hearing the PIL on the East Delhi Municipal Corporation and workers’ union logjam, the Delhi high court directed that the garbage dumped at trans- Yamuna areas are cleared immediately. The workers have been on strike since January 5, claiming non payment of salaries by the EDMC.

The PIL was filed seeking directions to the workers to clear up the garbage which could eventually pose a threat to people.

The direction came from a bench of Justices Indira Bannerjee and Anil Kumar Chawla on a PIL alleging that garbage has been dumped on the roads by the striking workers of East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) and it was difficult to even drive vehicles, let alone walk.

The court also issued notice to the corporation and the Delhi government seeking their response by March 1 on the petition which alleges that the municipal workers were protesting as they have not been paid their salary.

The direction came after advocate Balendu Shekhar, appearing for the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), told the bench that urgent directions were needed as EDMC employees were on indefinite strike since January 5 due to non-payment of salary. He also sought the tribunal’s intervention to end the deadlock.

During the hearing before the high court, the corporation said that salaries for the last two months were paid on Monday and the strike has been called off.

Advocate Sugrive Dubey, appearing for petitioner Salek Chand Jain, opposed the contention of the corporation and said only a small group had called off the strike and several workers were still abstaining from work. He also alleged that the corporation has not made the salary payment to all the workers.

The Delhi government, meanwhile, told the court that it has already released funds, to the tune of Rs 605 crore, for payment of the corporation workers’ salaries uptil March 2017.

Rahul Mehra, the standing counsel of the Delhi government, said the administration has paid more than what was due and now EDMC has to explain why the people have been put to difficulty when the funds were already released.

Mr Mehra also said that in the last two years, the Delhi government has released more funds than was done by the previous dispensation.

The petitioner has claimed in his plea that EDMC has committed contempt of court by disobeying the high court’s earlier orders that salaries to all its employees, including sanitation workers, should be paid by the 7th of every month.

This is the third consecutive year when the municipal workers have gone on strike over non-payment of their salary.

Tags: sanitation workers strike, east delhi municipal corporation (edmc), delhi high court
Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi