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MCD strike continues in Delhi, teachers refuse to turn up

New Delhi: As the strike by MCD employees entered its sixth day, civic services were virtually out of business in the Capital, including critical health facilities at North MCD's Hindu Rao Hospital.

Patients are being directed to different hospitals as doctors and nurses have called off work. Files are jammed without any action in MCD offices as employees of the engineering wing and other departments have come together to demonstrate against the non-payment of salary. Heaps of garbage lay unattended on the city's roads as sanitation workers have stopped work.

While patients bear the brunt of the protest, students are being deprived of education facilities. Primary education has been affected in a major way due to the financial crunch. Thousands of MCD school teachers did not report for duty on Monday. The teachers, who were earlier on a 'chalk-down' strike, decided to go on a complete strike on Monday.

According to a senior municipal officer, the strike by nearly 12,000 teachers of about 1,100 North Delhi and East Delhi MCD schools will affect around 7 lakh students.

Protesting sanitation workers also visited Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and demanded a fund of 5,000 crore. Sanjay Gehlot, president, Swatantra Mazdoor Vikas Sanyukt Morcha said, "The L-G assured us that he will write a letter to the Delhi government and asked us to meet him on February 3. The AAP and the BJP have been engaged in a slanging match over the strike."