Sanitation workers stage protest over employee’s death
Following the suicide of a 43-year-old MCD employee on Tuesday, sanitation workers led a massive protest at the office of Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and <g data-gr-id="16">MCD’s</g> offices at Karol Bagh and Lajpat Nagar for failing to meet their demands.
The protesters, under the banner of Joint Front of MCD employees, demanded regularisation of contractual employees’ services, payment of arrears to those whose services were regularised in 2003 and 2004, and cashless medical facilities. “We led a protest in Shahdara on Tuesday and now will lead a massive strike against MCD very soon,” said Rajinder Mewati, president, Delhi Pradesh <g data-gr-id="21">Majdoor</g> Congress.
On Tuesday morning, <g data-gr-id="18">safai</g> <g data-gr-id="19">karmachari</g> Banwari Lal’s body was found on the railway tracks near the crossing in Sarita Vihar. Minutes before the incident, Banwari had told his son that he was leaving for work. Around 11.30 am his family received a call about his death.
A heavily indebted sanitation worker and a lone breadwinner of the house, Banwari Lal was not paid his arrears for five months from February to July 2014 which drove him to suicide. While there had been a much hullabaloo over <g data-gr-id="23">safai</g> <g data-gr-id="24">karamcharis</g> being denied payment, SDMC’s claims of paying arrears to its employees have gone down the drain.
Reeling under <g data-gr-id="25">severe</g> financial crunch, Banwari was awaiting his due arrears from the South Delhi Municipal Corporation which could help him pay off his loans.