A day after a section of sanitation workers of the EDMC threatened to go on an indefinite strike from October 11, the civic body today said the mayor met the union members and assured them that all their "legitimate demands would be met". In the meeting the sanitation workers' demands, including timely payment of salaries, bonus, arrears, cashless card system, were discussed, East Delhi Mayor Neema Bhagat said. At a press conference held at the East Delhi Municipal Corporation's headquarters, she said the cash-strapped EDMC has "assured them that all their legitimate demands would be met. "Two safai karamchari unions had warned of going on indefinite strike from October 11," Bhagat said. Standing Committee Chairman Pravesh Sharma, Leader of House Santosh Pal and Municipal Commissioner Ranveer Singh were also present at the press conference. The mayor said all demands of the sanitation workers were agreed to and "one of the workers' unions has assured about not participating in the strike". "Safai karancharis are the backbone of the EDMC and the corporation would make all possible efforts to fulfill their demands, including the one about issuing a cashless card," she was quoted a saying in a statement by the EMDC. The mayor said the salary for September has been disbursed and it would be ensured that bonus is also released well before Diwali. Bhagat said the EDMC has proposed to pay all arrears of the sanitation workers despite the poor financial condition of the civic body. Commissioner Singh said all demands of the sanitation workers are "legitimate" and they have been assured that it would be met at the earliest. He said EDMC is striving to improve its financial condition and a meeting with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and the Delhi government was held on the issue of implementation of recommendations of the Fourth Delhi Finance Commission.
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