Delhi High Court has directed the East Delhi Municipal Corporation to ensure that grievances of all the Swachhata Karamchis who have complained about non payment of salaries are addressed and appropriate generic order in their regard may also be passed.
The Single Bench of Justice Najmi Waziri has directed the EDMC to address these grievances within a period of eight weeks from today.
The court passed this order after taking into consideration the fact that multiple petitions are being moved by the Swachhata Karamcharis raising the same grievances and seeking similar relief - payment of salaries.
In all these cases, the Petitioners were hired as daily wage labourers but were later regularised and given the position of 'Safai Karamchari'. However, despite the regularisation, the Petitioners have been deprived of the salaries given to a regular employee of the concerned municipal body.
In almost all the cases the Petitioners have complained that despite multiple representations being made, the EDMC has paid the salaries in regular pay scale.
Taking note of this recurrent situation, the court observed that:
'This Court has already passed four similar orders in which the petitioners were identically placed. It serves no purpose that each aggrieved employee has to come to the court separately seeking similar individual relief.'
Therefore, the EDMC is directed to file a compliance report on the action taken by it in addressing the grievances raised in all these petitions.
The Petitioner in this case was represented by Ms Roopa Nagpal.
Case Title: Birju v. EDMC