Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is beginning to question Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal’s “inaction” in resolving the ongoing strike by contractual workers of the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC).
Criticizing the LG for not meeting transport minister Kailash Gahlot, Kejriwal urged Baijal to ensure the implementation of the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA), 1974, for a period of six months. Calling the strike of the DTC workers “illegal”, transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said that despite the imposition of ESMA, a few non-permanent workers are continuing to protest.
Gahlot said that 96% of the 3,882 DTC buses were working normally, despite a few workers continuing with the strike. Gahlot said, “Wages related demands of contractual employees were accepted already. We are open to holding talks with them and discuss their issues”.