With the monsoon all set to arrive in the Capital by the end of the month, the municipal councillors on Thursday raised the issue of lack of labour to carry out work related to desilting of drains.
According to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), every month, close to 200 employees of MCD retire, but only a few are recruited to fill up the gap.
The councillors created a ruckus over shortage of sanitation staff and workers in various other departments, including engineering, and said that in the absence of adequate number of officials and workers, the public services in the city were getting affected.
BJP councillor Vijay Prakash said the dearth of sanitation workers and nallah baildars will create mess in the monsoon.
"Who will take care of waterlogging in the city if the MCD does not have sanitation workers in adequate number?" he asked.
Some councillors said that in various parts of the city, there is a shortage of junior engineers (JE) too who are supposed to keep a tab on unauthorised construction.
"For several years, some wards of MCD don't have engineers which means that even small problems like road repair take a long time," said another councillor.
After listening to the queries, MCD commissioner Mehra said all departments have been directed to send details about vacancies to the office of the additional commissioner (establishment) and after receiving compilation, the process to recruit workers will be initiated.
"Delhi Sub-Ordinate Service Selection Board will be intimated and we will also find out modalities to hire people on contract. Soon, we will appoint more teachers. We have prepared a contingency plan to tackle waterlogging in monsoon. We have prepared a team that will rush to the spot in case there is a shortage of staff," said Mehra.