Disburse funds within three days; staff agitation enters third day.
New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Friday asked the AAP government to release within three days the arrears of sanitation workers of the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), who are on indefinite strike since Wednesday.
A bench of acting chief justice Gita Mittal and justice C. Hari Shankar issued notice to the Centre, Delhi government and the EDMC on a plea which also sought a direction to the authorities to ensure the workers call off their strike, starting October 11, and resume work.
The court, however, did not give any specific direction on the issue, but sought a status report from the authorities
concerned. It said that the authorities should release the arrears in three days from today, after it was told that inspite of assurances given by the government, their outstanding payment has not been made since 2003.The court was hearing a plea by Rahul Birla, who directed the government and the corporation to make payment of the arrears.
Advocate Niraj Gupta, appearing for the petitioner, urged the court to direct EDMC to issue medical cashless cards to its sanitation workers.