Sanitation staff unpaid since January

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People across the country had on March 23 thanked doctors, cops, healthcare workers, and thousands others who are a part of the essential workforce but there is another workforce which, it seems, has been completely neglected – Capital’s sanitation workers.

An NDMC worker using fogging machine in Connaught Place. (Photo: PTI)

Om March 23, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the nation, urged all countrymen to beat ‘thaalis’ and clap from their balconies with respect to those who are the forefront of the war against deadly Coronavirus.

People across the country thanked doctors, cops, healthcare workers, and thousands of others who are a part of the essential workforce.

The national capital also witnessed an overwhelming response to the PM’s call.

However, there is another workforce which, it seems, has been completely neglected – Capital’s sanitation workers.

Reportedly, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation sweepers have not received their salaries for the last two months. An Assistant Sanitation Inspectors has not received three months’ salary and a Sanitation Inspector has not received four months’ salary. The MCD (North) Mayor has appealed to the Delhi government to release all salaries.

Mayor Avtar Singh appealed to the Delhi government to release a fund of Rs 1,000 crore, which will then be used to give salaries to the civic body’s employees, including the sanitation workers and retired employees. Many in the corporation have not received their salaries since January.

Vijendra Bagdi, president of the sanitation workers’ union, said that while the sanitation workers are working round-the-clock during the lockdown, they have not been paid yet.

“Many retired employees have also not received their pensions yet. The workers have been borrowing money in order to meet their household needs, which is not right. How will they work like this?” Bagdi said. He also alleged that sanitation workers still have no access to proper equipment and safety gear.

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