The Delhi government on Wednesday offered in the Supreme Court to release ?500 crore to pay the pending wages of sanitation workers in the Capital as garbage crisis spun out of control.
The apex court’s intervention came in the backdrop of the prolonged strike of sanitation workers of the East Delhi Municipal Corporation since September 12.
Heaps of garbage lie strewn around on the roads of east Delhi, threatening to trigger a public health crisis. The workers’ demands include regular pay and clearance of dues and regularisation of about 3,000 contractual labourers enrolled since 1998. The strike, meanwhile, gains momentum and threatens to spread to other parts of Delhi. The Centre and Lieutenant-Governor, represented by Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, has been given time till October 8 to get instructions and report back to the court whether the Centre can spare a similar amount for the sanitation workers.
The three-judge Bench led by Madan B. Lokur said the court would not intervene with how the Delhi government spends its ?500 crore on the workers.