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Contractual sanitation workers of three corporations plan stir

Contractual sanitation workers of three municipal corporations in Delhi may soon strike work to press their demand for regularisation of their services, a workers' leader said on Tuesday.

‘We have given a letter to all the three corporations for making the workers' services permanent, but still there has been no response,’ said Vinod Sarwan, general secretary of the Rashtriya Safai Mazdoor Congress.

He alleged that some sanitation workers in the Karol Bagh zone under the north corporation, Najafgarh under south corporation and some areas in Shahdara under east corporation had not been receiving salary regularly.
‘We are tired of the false promises that the commissioners make after every meeting,’ added Sarwan.

South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) commissioner Manish Gupta said, ‘Under SDMC, the jobs of the sanitation workers recruited in 1997-98
have already been regularised and salaries are also delivered timely.’

The three corporations have claimed that the process for the fulfilment of the workers' demand has been initiated. Officials said they are also looking at offering medical insurance to the workers.

‘Apart from regularisation, we would also be providing the workers cashless medical card after which services in the government hospitals would be free. As it is a joint venture, we are awaiting a decision from the north corporation,’ said Gupta.
NDMC commissioner PK Gupta said, ‘We have taken the demand into consideration and we are doing our best.’

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