MCG tells private firm: Reinstate 24 sanitation workers


Gurgaon: The MCG on Monday ordered a private agency to reinstate 24 contractual sanitation workers who were sacked by it. The move came after the workers held a protest outside the civic body’s office, demanding re-employment of their colleagues and payment of salaries which have been pending for around six months. The corporation also promised the workers that the salary dues will be disbursed in two days.
“We had a meeting with MCG officials after the protest on Monday. We raised issues like irregular salary disbursal and sacking of contractual workers by private companies. The officials agreed to resolve our complaints and ordered the companies to reinstate 24 sanitation workers,” said Gaurav Taak, a former student leader, who is leading the sanitation workers’ protest.
“The sanitation workers had given me a list of 54 people. After verification, I found that only 24 sanitation workers in their list had worked from April 2020 to June 2021. These 24 workers will be reinstated and now they can work for us. We have also resolved the issue of delayed salary payments. The dues will be credited to their accounts in another two days,” said Hariom Attri, MCG joint commissioner (headquarters). “Whenever we go to the contractor, he gives us Rs 1,000-2,000. But we cannot run our homes with this meagre amount. We work for the city and these companies have signed an agreement with the civic body. It is the corporation’s responsibility to direct these companies to disburse salaries regularly,” said Ajay Kumar, a sanitation worker. An MCG official said the corporation has opened an escrow account to which the salaries of workers will be credited and the contractors will only be receiving their service charges.
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