Eighth day of MCD strike in Delhi congests traffic
By Pooja Sirpaul
| Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 12:40
New Delhi: The civic staff strike of MCD has entered onto its eighth day with traffic jams in almost all parts of the city. The traffic was thrown out of gear when the municipal corporation employees took out a ‘begging bowl march’ to protest.
The garbage piles have been growing bigger and the hospitals and schools are still locked as thousands of employees including sanitation workers, doctors, teachers, nurses, paramedical staff and engineers are protesting against delay in payment of their salaries.
While the strike was initially limited to North and East Delhi, the seventh day also saw South Delhi municipal employees showing solidarity and standing together with their co-workers.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) Sanitation Employees’ Unions have also decided to stage a ‘chakka jam’ and block NH 24 on Wednesday after ‘katora march’.
(Also read: No money to pay salaries for North Delhi civic body )
The BJP-run municipal bodies were at loggerheads with the Kejriwal government in the high court on Monday accusing them of not releasing funds for salaries and other dues.
The AAP government, however has denied all charges. Blaming the massive financial mismanagement by civic bodies, the Kejriwal government diverted the accusation saying that civic bodies have been non-cooperative and opaque towards utilisation of funds.
Even though the North Delhi Municipal Corporation has claimed to have credited salaries to all its employees for November, the protestors still remain unperturbed from the news and plan to continue their strike in the coming days.