Over 20,000 Mumbai civic employees paid December salary

Last Updated: Mon, Jan 07, 2013 16:20 hrs

Mumbai, Jan 7 (IANS) The December 2012 salaries of over 20,000 civic employees of Mumbai were released Monday after several unions threatened extreme steps. The salaries of these employees were not released for want of Aadhar cards.

"After Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte gave an extension of two months for the unique identity card (UID) or the Aadhaar cards, salaries of 20,800 employees have been released," an official from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) told IANS.

However, many complained of not having received their salary till the bank closing hours Monday. "The circular to release December 2012 salaries of all employees was issued Thursday. However, I have still not received my pay," a civic employee told IANS on the condition of anonymity.

Due to lack of UID cards, 20,800 staffers from various departments of the BMC did not receive their salary for December 2012.

Municipal Mazdoor Union chief Sharad Rao termed the BMC's decision as illegal and said that Aadhar cards have nothing to do with salaries. "We will restart our protests if the employees' salary are stopped again for lack of UID cards. These have nothing to do with anybody's salary," he told IANS.

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