Will Regularise Services Of Pourakarmikas Soon: Karjol | Mysuru News – Times of India


Mysuru: The Karnataka government had constituted a committee to study the feasibility of regularising the services of civic workers currently employed on contract at various local bodies across the state, said water resources minister Govind Karjol in Mysuru on Monday. Karjol, participating in a meeting hosted by the Karnataka State Commission for Safai Karmacharis, said that the services of pourakarmikas, the wages of whom were being credited directly to bank accounts, would be regularised.
Karjol pointed out that the Karnataka State Safai Karmachari Commission had been imstituted by former chief minister BS Yediyurappa as a forum wherein pourakarmikas and other civic workers could air their grievances, and get them redressed. The minister said that the state government would pay each pourakarmika an additional sum of Rs 2,000 till their jobs were regularised. Regretting the persistence of manual scavenging despite the availability of advanced technology, Karjol highlighted the need to enforce stringent rules to put an end to the abominable practice.
Officials were instructed to compile, with unerring accuracy, details on pourakarmikas working across the various gram panchayats. Karjol said that the existing estimate, which pegged the number of civic workers employed across GPs in the state at 6,000, was unlikely to be true. The minister asked the safai karmachari commission officials to interact with the panchayat development officers and chiefs of GPs to ascertain the exact number of civic workers under the jurisdiction of the rural local bodies.
Karjol also trained his guns at the Congress, accusing the party of being interested only with the votes cast by the pourakarmikas and not their welfare. He added that the state government was mulling over a policy wherein 5% of the seats in prestigious private schools would be reserved for pourakarmikas’ children.
The minister appealed to the pourakarmikas not to undertake cleaning of septic tanks for money, expressing grief over the death of civic workers, who had breathed their last while engaged in such chores. Officials were instructed to issue notice to all local bodies, urban and rural alike, to ensure that machinery was used for cleaning septic tanks.
Karnataka State Safai Karmachari Commission chairman, M Shivanna said that, according to reports they had received, 10,000 pourakarmikas were involved in manual scavenging. He called for legal action against institutions engaging services of pourakarmikas for manual scavenging.
The commission also felicitated children of pourakarmikas who had distinguished themselves in academics. Mysuru district in-charge minister ST Somashekar, mayor Sunanda Palanethra and MLC CN Manjegowda were among those in attendance at the event.





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