The paurakarmiaks who were on strike feared the State government’s orders bringing them under the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) and reported to duty. Large amount of garbage accumulated in the City was cleared partially on Sunday. At KR Market, Goodshed Road, JC Road and other areas the garbage had piled up. The rain also added to the mess, resulting in unbearable stink, reports Kannada Prabha.
The waste disposal contractors have turned into a mafia of sort, controlling the paurakarmikas to dance to their tune. To put an end to their games, the State government issued an order implementing ESMA stating that Pourakarmikas, contractors, loaders, drivers and assistants cannot go on strike for the next one year.
Immediately after the order was issued, the paurakarmikas rushed to work on Sunday. The City generates waste of 4,000 tonnes daily. On Saturday, the backlog was heavy and on Sunday it was not possible for the paurakarmikas to clear the entire load. According to BBMP officials 70 per cent waste was disposed and by Monday afternoon, the remaining will be cleared. The general secretary of the Federation of Karnataka State Metropolitan paurakarmikas N Anjaneyalu has appealed to the paurakarmikas not to heed to contractors and not remain absent themselves from work but report to duty.
Meanwhile, citizens staged a demonstration in support of the State government for controlling the garbage mafia by implementing direct payment to paurakarmikas’ account, biometric attendance and other rules. They alleged that the waste disposal contractors have grown into a big mafia. They are not giving wages to paurakarmikas, showing fake accounts, indulging in threatening the workers to strike every now and them with ulterior motives. The citizens urged that the State government must not come under pressure and retract ESMA. As per the new rules, waste collecting vans are fitted with GPS that gives accurate data about collecting waste from door steps. Various NGOs, Citizens Welfare Associations, sold waste management experts and others participated.