Delhi municipal workers call off strike, begin clearing garbage piled on streets

Garbage piled on the streets of Delhi.

New Delhi, June 12: Sanitation workers employed by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) on Friday evening called off their strike, and started cleaning the garbage piled on streets of Delhi.

The workers had gone on strike after the East Delhi Municipal Corporation failed to pay their salaries for the third month running, citing paucity of funds.

The resultant mess had led to enormous piles of garbage littering East Delhi’s streets.

Earlier in the day, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi joined striking sanitation workers’ dharna outside the East Delhi Municipal Corporation headquarters.

Rahul Gandhi, who spoke to the protesting workers about the delay in payment of their salaries and other issues, slammed both the Delhi government and the Centre for not solving the problems of sanitation workers.

Rahul said: “Delhi government says it is the responsibility of government of India, and government of India says it is Delhi government’s problem! Both are making excuses.”

Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung also met the three Mayors and Commissioners of the Municipal Corporations and asked them to persuade MCD employees to call of their strike in the interest of the citizens of Delhi.

Jung informed the commissioners that the Government of Delhi would be releasing Rs. 493 crores today.

(With Agency Inputs)

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