Sanitation has gone for a toss in the city as sanitation workers continue strike - watsupptoday.com
Sanitation has gone for a toss in the city as sanitation workers continue strike
Posted 17 Mar 2017 02:35 PM

Agencies

Sanitation has gone for a toss in the city as around 2,000 safai karamcharis of the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) are on a strike for the past 48 hours. They are demanding regularisation of workers and an end to engagement of NGOs for carrying out sanitation works in the city.

Safai karamcharis have warned to intensify their agitation if the government fails to address their grievances.
In most parts of the city, solid waste lays scattered on roads.

The workers are demanding reorganisation of the Municipal Corporation, regularisation of service of contractual workers and a hike in the salary of workers engaged under the contract system.

“Safai karamcharis are being ignored and discriminated by the Municipal Corporation. We are being exploited because NGOs are involved in the sanitation drive. At Rs 4,500, a majority of the workers are being denied the right to life,” said Rinku Gill, president, Civic Safai Karamchari Union (CSU).

The safai karamcharis lift nearly 400 tonnes of solid waste generated daily by 15 lakh inhabitants of the city.
“As per rules, those who have completed seven years of service as casual wagers are to be regularised in their respective departments. Our genuine demand is that we should be absorbed in the department under SRO 64,” said Ravi Kumar, a sanitation worker.

Despite massive expansion of Jammu city since 1990, civic bodies have mostly used contractual system to keep the city clean. This has led to resentment among the workers who have to work on meagre salaries.

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