The MCD sanitation workers on Monday agreed before the Delhi High Court to call off their strike and resume work immediately after MCD promised that their salaries will be received by all within two days.
The workers claimed that majority of them had not received salaries for January 2016 though the corporations say that wages were released on 5 February.
According to news agency PTI, the municipal corporations of Delhi (MCDs) told a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath that the funds were released on 5 February, but as some zonal offices were closed, everyone may not have received the wages and those who have not got their salary will get it in a couple of days.
The bench, thereafter, took on record statements made by both sides and listed the matter on 10 February when it will also hear arguments on issues of payment of other arrears as well as unification of the corporations, which were raised today by unions representing the workers.
In an apparent boost to the Arvind Kejriwal government’s claims over salary row, the municipal corporations on 2 February told Delhi High Court that they had paid salaries to their employees till December 2015.
This spectacular confession is bound to raise questions to the decision by sanitation workers to go on strike complaining non-payment of salaries.
The corporations had also told the same bench that they did not have the money to pay salaries for January 2016 and the coming months.
They alleged that Delhi government had not released the entire funds that it is expected to give them each year and asked how it could “abdicate its responsibilities” towards the corporations.
Delhi government, for its part, reiterated it earlier stand that it had released the entire plan and non-plan grant-in-aid.
The AAP government made it clear that it planned to block the municipal reform funds in view of the MCD’s poor performances, year after year.