DIWALI REVELRY had no meaning for 6000 Kanpur Municipal Corporation (KMC) employees as they did not get their September salary. The KMC staff cannot protest the delay as their salary has been held back because of an Allahabad High Court order.
The Allahabad High Court has banned all payments till the KMC cleared the dues of pensioners. The civic body owes about Rs 68 crore to its pensioners and has not been able to clear the dues owing to financial crisis. The case will come up for hearing on October 27.
A senior KMC official said the State Government had refused to help the KMC and only the HC could give some respite to the 6000 beleaguered employees.
An official associated with the case said a favourable HC decision depended on how successfully KMC put forward the plight of its employees. KMC is trying its best to get an order that could help the employees. Municipal commissioner Badal Chatterjee is personally monitoring the situation and is present at every hearing.
As a large number of KMC employees are Muslims and Eid falls on Wednesday, their celebration would also be affected because of fund crunch.
Head of the Pensioners’ Association Jawant Shukla said, “Now the employees can understand our plight. We have not received pensions for the past several months. We went for the legal option as only the high court can ensure justice for us”.