Bird flu scare: AAP MLAs should clean Delhi garbage instead of taking pay hikes, says Supreme Court

Written by | October 21, 2016 | 0

New Delhi: Pulling up the Delhi government over the outbreak of bird flu, the Supreme Court today asked the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs to work more towards cleaning up the national capital instead of taking salary hikes.

“Do your MLAs have no responsibility? Every part of Delhi is covered by your MLAs, what are they doing? Your MLAs, instead of increasing their salaries, should start segregating garbage. The issue of segregation of solid waste is alarming,” the apex court said.

A bill passed by the Delhi Assembly, which seeks to give Delhi MLAs and ministers a whopping 400 per cent hike in basic salary besides hefty increase in perks and allowances, catapulting them among the highest paid lawmakers in the country, is being examined by the Finance Ministry.

When the AAP government’s lawyer told the Supreme Court division bench, headed by Justice Madan Lokur, that the responsibility of cleaning up the garbage lies with the Centre-controlled Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), the top court said the MLAs can contribute by ensuring a cleaner city and raise more awareness.

Expressing displeasure over the way garbage is piled up in various places in Delhi, the Supreme Court observed, “Garbage measuring 45 metres in height at some places is alarming.”

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