As the indefinite protest by the MCD workers who are agitating over the non-payment of their dues enters its fifth day on Sunday, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) were seen taking to the streets to clear up the growing pile of garbage across the national capital. Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel led a team in Shahdara while Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia got to work in Patparpanj. Meanwhile, AAP ministers Kapil Mishra and Imran Hussain will be seen in action at Karawal Nagar and Ballimaran respectively.
Earlier, the Public Works Department, which comes under the Delhi Government, set up a task force to clean up the piling garbage across the city. PWD minister Satyendra Jain deployed around 100 trucks with ten workers each to clean up the city. MCD workers who are venting their ire by dumping piles of garbage outside the homes and offices of AAP leaders, agitated outside the residence of Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel yesterday. “We are not being paid because of AAP’s iternal conflicts. We are suffering because of them and so are our families. We have to pay rent and send our kids to school. What should we do if we don’t get paid?, ” a protestor said.
Earlier, state transport and rural development Minister Gopal Rai faced the fury of the workers who left a mountain of garbage right outside his residence. Delhi’s deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was also meted with the same treatment as a pile of refuse was dumped outside his office by the MCD workers.
Over 1.5 lakh MCD employees including sanitation workers and other employees of the three municipal corporations – NDMC, SDMC and EDMC – have decided to go on a three-day strike from today over non-payment of dues. The cash-strapped North and East Delhi civic bodies have been unable to pay salaries to workers for three to four months now.