City stifles as civic strike enters Day-7

Patients turned away from hospital; schools shut

City stifles as civic strike enters Day-7
People continued to suffer due to insanitary conditions on the sixth day of the civic workers’ agitation on Monday. Protesters met Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung for help in the backdrop of the AAP government and the BJP-controlled civic agencies exchanging barbs over funds to pay wages to striking employees.

For the second successive day, the Delhi government pressed into service trucks of Public Works Department and Delhi Jal Board to lift garbage overflowing on to roads from community bins in east Delhi but residents in large chunks of north Delhi had to put up with stink and squalor.

Patients were turned away from civic hospitals and students found their classrooms locked in primary schools in several parts of the city. Commuters and residents had a hard time where there was no one to collect and carry garbage strewn around.

Clashes between municipal sanitation workers and the city government’s task force were reported in some east Delhi areas where the civic workers tried to prevent the AAP government’s functionaries from lifting garbage.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia once again claimed that the AAP government has paid all the dues to the BJP-controlled civic agencies and urged Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung to help civic agencies recover their tax dues from the central government agencies like the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).

“The Delhi cabinet has passed a resolution urging the lieutenant-governor to help civic agencies recover their tax dues from the DDA. The lieutenant governor is also the chairman of the DDA. So, he should help,” said Sisodia.

Teams of sanitation workers met Jung in the afternoon and demanded Rs 5,000 crore for payment of salaries and clearance of arrears.

“The lieutenant-governor has assured us that he will write to the chief minister and urge him to release funds to municipal corporations so that they can release salaries to the employees who have not been given any money for over three months,” said Sanjay Gehlot, president of Swatantra Mazdoor Vikas Sanyukt Morcha.
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