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South Delhi civic body will pay old salaries to contractual staff

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation said it will go back to pre-August wages, which was hiked by 37% by the Delhi government. The notification was later quashed by the high court leading to SDMC slashing salaries of contractual employees, but the notification was quashed by the high court.

delhi Updated: Sep 15, 2018 04:51 IST
HT Correspondent
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The Delhi government in March had hiked the basic minimum wage for unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled workers. The decision was quashed by the Delhi high court which said the government had notified it in a “hurry”. (File Picture)

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Friday said it will go back to the pre-August wages, which was hiked by 37% by the Delhi government in March.

The government’s notification of salary hike was later quashed by the high court leading to the corporation slashing salaries of its contractual employees last month, but the notification was quashed by the high court last month.

The municipality on Friday said it will continue to give the same salaries and not go back to the old pay structure like many private companies have done since this month.

The Delhi government in March this year had hiked the basic minimum wage for unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled workers. The decision to hike wages was, however, quashed by the high court which said that the government had notified it in a “hurry”.

The SDMC’s decision to keep the salaries intact came after several councillors raised the issue during the civic body’s standing committee meeting on Friday.

Kamaljeet Sehrawat, SDMC’s leader of house said, “It has affected 10,000 contractual employees engaged in different departments. They are feeling discouraged. Considering they are working with us for the last many years, it is our responsibility to provide them with a salary that is enough to support their livelihood.”

After a brief discussion, standing committee chairperson Shikha Rai and commissioner Puneet Goel agreed to release the salary to the contract staff by issuing fresh orders.

On Wednesday, the labour department of Delhi government had moved a special leave petition in Supreme Court against the high court’s decision to quash its notification.

The state government is also planning to adopt the Centre’s revised minimum wages, which are even higher than the revised minimum wages proposed by Delhi Government in March this year.

SDMC’s standing committee chairperson Shikha Rai said, “The salaries were reduced last month because we were under the impression that a notification to go back to the old pay scale was issued by the Delhi government after the high court ‘s order. But we checked and found that no such directions were issued.”

As per the decision , the salary of unskilled staff will continue to be Rs 13,584 per month (including dearness allowance) instead of the revised salary of Rs 10,270 (including dearness allowance).

The figure in respect of semiskilled staff will be Rs 14,698 instead Rs 11, 362 per month and in respect of skilled staff will be Rs 16,468 in place of Rs 12, 506 per month.

First Published: Sep 15, 2018 04:51 IST