18September2018

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South Delhi mosquito checkers threaten strike

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BS RAWAT
NEW DELHI: Efforts to control mosquito-borne diseases in the national capital appear to be hitting a roadblock with over 1,300 domestic breeding checkers (DBCs) –in the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) having threatened to go on strike from September 1, 2018.

“If our contractual agreement is not extended on the lines of other two civic bodies, we will be left with no option but to go on strike,” states a letter written to the Mayor and the commissioner by the Anti Malaria Karamchari Sangh (AMKS), warning of a strike from September 1.

Ashok Chaudhary, general secretary of AMKS told DTMT, “If a dengue outbreak happens, it will be the responsibility of the authorities in the corporation. The contract of 1,350 DBCs in SDMC expires on October 1, 2018, while in other two civic bodies, the contract is till March 31, 2020.”

The salaries of DBCs have not been paid for the last three months, he alleged. “Festival time is approaching and we are struggling to feed our families,” he lamented. An SDMC spokesperson said, “The contract will be renewed as per established practice. The fears are unjustified.”

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