Salaries of MCD staff be released immidiately: Kejriwal

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said the salaries of MCD staff, who are on an indefinite strike demanding payment of their dues, should be released immediately.

“The salaries of municipal corporation employees should be given immediately. They have worked and are demanding their right…they are not begging,” Kejriwal said in a series of tweets.

“There is a hearing (in this regard) in court on Tuesday and a decision will be taken there. It’s a matter of two days only. There should no problem to the people of Delhi,” he said.

Delhi government today deployed hundreds of PWD workers to lift garbage from across the city as nearly 60,000 sanitation workers of municipal corporations continued their strike.

Kejriwal, who is in Bengaluru for naturopathy treatment for 10 days, said he has issued directions to deploy as many trucks as needed to clear the city of garbage and accused BJP of playing politics on the issue.

“I have directed government to deploy as many trucks as are needed to lift garbage. Public should not be inconvenienced (sic),” he tweeted.

“”BJP is spreading garbage across the city. AAP government is clearing them. Own politics. I appeal to people to help us clear the garbage,” he further said.

He also made an appeal to BJP and Congress supporters of to help the government remove garbage.

Delhi government has been maintaining that it has provided adequate funds of over Rs 2,187 crore under non-planned head to the three municipal corporations in the current fiscal, alleging that a “salary scam” has led to the crisis.

Earlier in the day, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia wondered why MCDs were not seeking Rs 1,600 crore owed to them by Delhi Development Authority.

“I want to challenge MCD to make their all expenditures public so that people will get to know what they have done with funds collected from different sources,” he said while addressing a press conference here.