The State Government has provided double salary to contract Pourakarmikas, housing at Rs 7.5 lakh each, Midday meal and foreign tours with an intention of providing them with quality and self respect. Making the best use of this the Pourakarmikas must strive to make Bengaluru a model City in cleanliness said the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, reported Kannada Prabha.
He was speaking at a send-off program to the 6th batch of Pourakarmikas to Singapore on a study tour to witness the scientific waste disposal systems in Singapore. The program was organised by Social Welfare Department, Municipal Administration Department and BBMP. In the 6th batch 39 Pourakarmikas are going to Singapore. By going and seeing it first hand the Pourakarmikas will get an idea and hence we are sending 1000 of them to Singapore in batches. Already 215 of them have visited. The 6th batch will tour Singapore for 4 days from Oct 24. The Pourakarmikas will visit the waste disposal units and also tourist spots. All expenses are paid by the government. The experience will help the Pourakarmikas to keep Bengaluru clean, Siddaramaiah said.
Speaking with some of the Pourakarmikas Siddaramaiah asked them what their opinion about the government is. They answered ‘very good sir.’ He reminded them the facilities given by the State Government.
The public has no sense of cleanliness. In Delhi even in Union Minister’s office people spit Paan. Once he had gone to meet Lalu Prasad Yadav when he was the Union Minister. On the Union Minister’s office wall people had spit Paan. I was shocked. In foreign countries littering and causing nuisance will be fined. We are yet to learn that discipline, he said.
Siddaramaiah indirectly made a dig at former chief minister S M Krishna, who had once said he would make Bengaluru Singapore. But did he make it? No. All of a sudden it is not possible to make Bengaluru a Singapore. They have a discipline which we lack here. Also Singapore is a country half of the size of Bengaluru. He advised the Pourakarmikas to see the cleanliness maintained in Singapore and make use of that experience to keep Bengaluru clean.