The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has promised sanitation workers that they will get their salary on time from now on and steps will be taken to fill the vacancies in their department.
The civic agency has also said it will provide sanitation workers with shelters that will have facilities like space for storing their equipment and toilets. The MCD has said it has initiated the process of regularising the sanitation workers who have been working as daily wagers.
"The MCD is building around 1,000 shelters for the sanitation workers with facilities such as toilets and marking attendance through a biometric system. It is for the first time that such shelters are being built," said Yogender Chandolia, chairman of MCD's standing committee.
The assurance came after an over week-long protest by sanitation workers, demanding timely payment of wages and regularisation of jobs. Though some unions had withdrawn the protest earlier this week, the others had continued.
Even on Friday, a number of sanitation workers staged a demonstration at the MCD office near Ambedkar Stadium. The workers blocked a number of roads leading to traffic jams in areas such as Ashok Vihar and Rohini. In the Rohini zone, the workers pelted stones on the vehicles of the private company that is carrying out door-to-door garbage collection for the MCD.
“Our drivers also got hurt. We complained to the deputy commissioner of the zone about it. The garbage that our workers had collected was thrown on the roads by the protesters,” said a spokesperson of the private firm.
Chandolia said the MCD has also initiated the process of regularisation of the workers who were up till now working on piecemeal basis.
"Also, the substitute workers will not have to face delay in getting their salaries. Instructions have been issued to officials concerned to ensure that they personally supervise the billing process,” he said.