A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar of the Delhi High Court (HC) has said that the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) and North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) should handover the Education Department (ED) to the Delhi Government if they cannot pay their teachers on time. Further, the bench has directed the two corporations to file their status report before April 23, 2018, with regard to the problem of insufficiency of funds.
Terming the situation, “hopeless”, the Delhi HC ordered both of them to clear the salaries for the current month in a week and arrears in a month. “This is not a first plea in which EDMC has expressed inability to pay salaries. Earlier also, we heard about non-payment’s of salaries to EDMC’s Safai Karmacharis who went on strike on various occasions. This could not have been the intention of trifurcation of the MCD if this is true, it needs serious examination by the authorities concerned, as every citizen of Delhi expects optimal services from the corporation,” the bench observed. It all came as a result of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Social Jurist, a Non-Governmental Organization, urging the Delhi HC to intervene as the EDMC for the past three months had not paid salaries to primary schools’ teachers whereas the NDMC had not paid salaries to its regular teachers for the past two months. “Untimely payment of salaries to 13,500 regular teachers is affecting the primary education of lakhs of children studying in these schools,” the NGO submitted.