Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday said that his government had already made the payment for 12 months to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.
Speaking to reporters, Sisodia expressed his surprise over the MCD staff’s decision to go on strike due to non-payment of salaries despite his government ‘having made the payment.’
He said, “This is the fourth time the MCD staff have gone on strike complaining non-payment of their salaries. I speak to a lot of safai karmcharis of MCD in my constituency and they say they are facing considerable hardships because of the non-payment of their salaries. Delhi government has made all the payment for 12 months to the MCD. I want to ask the MCD where did the money go?”
Sisodia asked the ‘three mayors of the BJP’ to explain where the money had gone. He alleged that the MCD had diverted the planned funds meant for development works to paying the staff’s salaries despite ‘Delhi government making separate payment for that purpose.’
He complained that the BJP leaders were encouraging people to dump garbage outside his house.
Sisodia said this needed to be investigated but the BJP-led central government was not allowing his government to initiate the probe on the ground that the state government didn’t have powers to do so.
MCD workers have been on strike protesting against the non-payment of their salaries.