Himachal Pradesh High Court on Thursday directed the Shimla Municipal Corporation to invoke Essential Service Maintenance Act against the 13 employees of the Shimla Environment, Heritage Conservation and Beautification Society (SEHB) as they did not join their duties ignoring court directions to resume the work.
A division bench of acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Ajay Mohan Goel warned the 442 employees under SEHB to return to their work on May 7 however today, the Corporation informed the court that 13 employees did not join their duties so far.
The Court directed the SMC to invoke the proceedings of ESMA against the employees if they did not join their duties.
The counsel for the Workers Union informed the court that all the employees joined their duties. However, after the SMC decision to outsource the work of garbage collection in four wards to private agencies, 13 of them in protest left their works and did not return.
The Bench directed SHEB Workers Union president Jaswant Singh who was present in the court to ask the employees to return their duties on the directions of the court. Number of Corporation wards were stinking in the Raj Day town since workers have not joined their duties forcing the people to liter the public places as the SMC have also lifted the dumpers to drop the garbage. In many places, garbage could be seen spilled by monkeys and wild dogs. It is worthwhile to mention here that workers hired by the Society for collection of door-to-door garbage and its disposal, being part of process of sanitation, went on strike on May 1, 2018 leading to accumulation of municipal solid waste and became a source of nuisance, apart from being an environmental hazard, in the entire city during the peak tourist season.
The court fixed next date of hearing in the matter for May 24 for compliance of order.
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