Not reporting to work even after their sanctioned leaves have expired may cost municipal workers their job.
Facing a shortage of staff, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) wants a list of all those employees who have not reported to work after the end of their leave period.
Once the list is compiled, the workers will be asked to report for work, failing which the corporation might fire them and induct new people.
A rough estimate puts the number of employees on a long sabbatical at more than 5,000 for the unified MCD though the official figures are being compiled.
SDMC expects to complete the list in a week’s time. The decision was taken in a meeting headed by Mayor Savita Gupta, chairman designate of the Standing Committee Rajesh Gehlot, Leader of SDMC’s House Subhash Arya and Commissioner Manish Gupta along with the heads of various departments.
“Those on leave are not being paid their salaries but they are still holding the posts that can easily be filled by productive people. After the MCD split, the three corporations do not have enough people to carry out the day-to-day functions,” said a senior official of SDMC.
Leader of House in the SDMC, Subhash Arya said most of the missing employees are from horticulture, sanitation and maintenance departments.
“Their absence is affecting the corporation’s work as there is a serious staff crunch. A list is being prepared to ascertain the exact number of people who have not returned from leave,” said Arya. “We are yet to decide the course of action but stringent action will be taken,” he added.
According to an estimate, nearly 1,500 gardeners, 3,000 sanitation workers and over a thousand nalla beldars have not reported to work after their leaves got over.