BJP's first focus after MCD victory; sanitation workers

Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari has told municipal commissioners to motivate sanitation workers by involving their families through cultural events

In its first major move after winning the MCD polls, the BJP leadership has come up with a blueprint to address sanitation woes in the Capital. The party has asked MCD babus to address the financial and personal needs of nearly one lakh sanitation workers failing which the four-month target of a garbage-free Delhi is not possible to be achieved.

Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari has told municipal commissioners to motivate sanitation workers by involving their families through cultural events and get togethers. Apart from their financial needs, personal grievances should also be addressed.

Tiwari, who is also the BJP MP from Northeast Delhi, held a meeting with municipal commissioners of North and East Delhi civic bodies late on Friday evening and laid out the party's agenda. The commissioner of South Delhi Municipal Corporation was not present in the meeting as he is travelling abroad.

MOTIVATE THE SANITATION WORKERS

He stressed on motivating sanitation workers who are often made to suffer due to delay in salary disbursal.

"MCD officials have to be sympathetic to sanitation workers. Their families, particularly children, have to be included in the process," Tiwari told the commissioners. A senior Delhi BJP leader said a committee could also be formed to look into the welfare of sanitation workers. The committee will interact with workers and their families to understand their grievances and accordingly suggest measures. Officials have been told to ensure proper education to their children and also address personal problems faced by them.

The committee could be formed immediately after the first sitting of the House in the three civic bodies where newly elected councillors would be administered oath and Mayors elected.

SANITATION WORKERS TOP THE CHART

Sources said the three corporations will also keep sanitation workers on top on the priority list in salary disbursal. "To achieve the target of garbage and mosquito-free Delhi in four months, it is important to motivate sanitation workers. Their interests have to be given utmost priority," Tiwari was d as saying.

The move comes in the wake of the BJP's promise of addressing Delhi's sanitation woes in four months. Immediately after the poll results, Tiwari had announced that garbage removal and crackdown on corrupt officials would be the key focus.

ALTERNATIVE FUNDS

Earlier, the top BJP leadership had indicated that it could find an alternate way to route central funds to MCDs without interference of the Delhi government. This is aimed at timely release of funds so that salaries of employees don't get stuck.

Notably, garbage disposal in the Capital had become a bone of contention between the AAP-led Delhi government and BJP-led Centre and MCDs. Sanitation staff had stopped work over unpaid salaries but the AAP government refused to release money, saying the MCDs were allotted plenty of funds. The Delhi HC later directed the state to pay up.

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