MCD Workers Warn Delhi Government As Their Strike Enters Day 10

05/02/2016 11:52 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 3: Delhi MCD sanitation employees and MCD teachers shout slogans against the Delhi Government and Central Government from Nirman Vihar Metro Station to ITO near Delhi Secretariat for not being paid their salaries for the last three months, on February 3, 2016 in New Delhi, India. The agitating MCD staffs on Wednesday refused to call off their strike even as the mayors of the north and east Delhi municipal corporations said that they will accept the loan extended by the AAP government as a grant only. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- The Municipal Corporation of delhi (MCD) workers' protest entered its tenth day today as they continued their agitation in Delhi's Bhajanpura area over non-payment of their salaries.

The agitators raised slogans against Arvind Kejriwal and also carried placards with messages denouncing the Delhi Chief Minister.

The protestors have warned the Delhi Government against hiring private workers to clean the streets of the city.

"Kapil Mishra is calling private workers to pick-up garbage. We will not tolerate this. We want to tell him that stop doing this otherwise we will resort to something (unpleasant)," said one of the protestors.

The agitators also said that the non-payment of salaries is not the only issue, but there are other issues such as pending arrears and medical benefits.

They vowed to continue their protest until all their pending issues are resolved.

Kejriwal on Wednesday blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the ongoing strike by civic body workers in the national capital and accused them of embezzling the funds allocated to MCD.

"I have gone through each and every figure, and thus, can say with confidence that the Delhi Government doesn't have to pay even a penny to the MCD. There is a 'big scam' in the MCD, which needs to be investigated," Kejriwal had said.

"North MCD was given around Rs. 900 crore this year, which was almost double than the previous years. Where has the money gone?" he asked.

BJP, on the other hand, hit back at Kejriwal for his allegations against the Centre and advised him to show interest in serious governance rather than indulging in blame game.

Kejriwal had also announced a loan of Rs.551 crore for payment of salaries to striking workers of two municipal corporations in the national capital and urged them to call off their strike.

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