Tribune News Service
Faridabad, September 14
As many as 132 civic employees of 24 villages in the district who got transferred to the Municipal Corporation Faridabad (MCF) from January last have failed to get their wages for the past over eight months forcing them to launch a stir. The affected employees have started a dharna outside the MCF headquarters here to press their demands. The wages range between Rs 4,000 to Rs 14,000 per month, it is reported.
“My family is on the verge of starvation as I am unable to pay the daily expenses including the fee of my kids, due to non-payment of my wages for the past eight months,’’ says Manoj Kumar (30) a safai karamchari at Mirzapur village that got merged into the MCF. Claiming that the transfer of the villages into the MCF limits had only resulted in problems, in wake of the delay in release of wages, he says, adding that financial crisis had hit the families of all employees whose job had now been attached with the MCF. “Working under the village panchayats was better as there was no such issue, claims Balbir Singh, president of the MCF Employees Union.He further said all retired employees had also been awaiting their pension for the past two months. The union may resort to a tool down strike soon, he says.
The affected employees holding designation of safai worker, tubewell operators and village chowkidars, had got transferred from the village panchayats to the MCF after the inclusion of these villages into the civic limits from January 1.The wages which were released by the Panchayat Department got stopped after the move. While the last payment was done in December 2020, the MCF has failed to release the wages since January so far. With the affected staff, including 55 safai workers, 57 tubewell operators and 20 chowkidars, administrative hurdles in the transfer of record is claimed to be the main reason behind the delay,s ay sources.No senior officials were available for their comments.
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