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Two months salary pending for 32,000 pourakarmikas

By Naqshib Nisar

 

Pourakarmikas of Rajarajeshwari toil despite unsettled dues

Bangalore, Sept 5, 2017: The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike has paid only a month’s salary to 32,000 pourakarmikas, reneging on their promise of clearing all dues by August 31, 2017.

Nine hundred pourakarmikas of Rajarajeshwari constituency, ward 129, have not received their salary for about three months now.

The Pourakarmikas have been threatening to boycott work since the last four months. On August 28, after Ganesh Chaturthi, the contractors did not allow garbage collection Due to the protest; residents of R.R Nagar, Mahadevpura, Bommanahalli witnessed a day-long garbage pile-up.

The protests had been called off as Mayor G. Padmavathi and BBMP Commissioner Manjunath Prasad gave a written statement that all dues would be settled by August 31, given that the pourakarmikas resumed work immediately.

 

Muthyalappa, Union head of BBMP Guttigey Pourakarmika Sangha, said, “This has become a cycle now, every time we carry out a protest, the BBMP provides only a month’s salary to pacify the contractors and the pourakarmikas and yet again the rest of the due is delayed.”

Arjun M, a pourakarmika, said, “After we carried out the protest, the BBMP seemed to be taken aback but we were wrong. We not only do our jobs but also do the job of pushing the authority to pay us the rest of the dues.”

Pankaj Yadav, Urban Planner, Government of Karnataka, said, “The real issue is the lack of revenue for municipal corporations and their dependency on the state  government and central government grants.”

The root cause of the problem, says Ashwin Mahesh, an urbanist, is the process. He says, that it needs to be set up in a manner “such that the salary is transferred directly to bank accounts by the BBMP without involving a middle man.”

 

 

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