Shimla Sanitation Worker wage hike decision

Shimla MC’s decision of 20% wage hike unconstitutional, outside Mayor’s jurisdiction : Congress

The decision on the wage hike was pending before the MC house due to the lack of the quorum, which was incomplete  due to absentee councilors of the Bhartiya Janata Party

Shimla: The District Congress Committee of Shimla has termed the decision taken by the Shimla Municipal Corporation to make 20 percent hike in the monthly wages of the sanitation workers as unconstitutional. The Congress asked as to how the Mayor, Kusum Sadret, made the announcement when the matter of wage hike is outside her jurisdiction.

As per the rules, such decision can only be taken at the annual general meeting (AGM) of the Shimla, Heritage, Environment and Beautification (SHEB) Society. The decision on the wage hike was pending before the MC house due to the lack of the quorum, which was incomplete  due to absentee councilors of the Bhartiya Janata Party, said the Congress.

The Mayor doesn’t have knowledge about the rules and she is forcing illegal decisions on the MC, remarked the Congress.

The party claimed that to end the strike of SHEB workers, its councilors had agreed upon the decision to make 20 percent hike at the previous AGM meeting.  Congress said its councilors were desperate to end the strike considering the poor state of sanitation services in the city.

The Mayor, however, did not approve of it at the previous AGM meeting. She displayed stubbornness  and approved only 10 percent hike this year and another 10 percent in April 2018, said Congress. 

The Congress asked as to why she did not agreed to make 20 percent hike in the meeting when Congress councilors were ready. The workers would have called off their strike that very day. Instead, she let the city turn into a heap of garbage, said Congress.

Suddenly, the Mayor makes the announcement regarding the hike in wages without holding mandatory AGM meeting. The Mayor is not authorized to take such decisions. The Committee asked under which rule and power the Mayor has taken this decision.

The Congress alleged the Mayor of roasting political cookies by taking such unconstitutional decisions and forcing them upon the Corporation. 

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