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East Delhi sanitation workers call off strike

PTI 12 Jun 2015, 20:42:26 IST

New Delhi:  Bringing relief to residents in localities swamped with garbage, the sanitation workers of East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) called off their strike on Friday. The strike came to an end on a day when Delhi lieutanant governor Najeeb Jung cleared the release of Rs 493 crore for the civic bodies.

Sanitation workers of EDMC had stayed off duty for the last 10 days over non-payment of salaries and the strike saw garbage piling up on the roadsides in many east Delhi localities.

Of the funds cleared by the L-G, Rs 326 crore is to be released to NDMC while the remaining amount is for EDMC. However, North Delhi mayor Ravinder Gupta said that the amount of Rs 326 crore was not enough to clear the salaries of its employees up to May, 2015.

Gupta along with South Delhi mayor Subhash Arya and leader of the House in EDMC, Ram Narayan Dubey, met Jung on the issue on Friday.

"Rs 600 crore is immediately required for paying salaries and disbursing pensions," Gupta said.

He also demanded that, besides the Rs 600 crore, the global share of Rs 300 crore for the quarter, out of Rs 1,200 crore annually, be also released for sustaining the civic services.