No garbage pick up: 18000 Bengaluru pourakarmikas on strike
- The contract pourakarmikas are supposed to receive ₹14400 as monthly salary from August 2016.
- But, the authority failed to implement the same and in some places in Bengaluru, they receive ₹5000 to ₹6000 salary a month.
Bengaloreans might see more than usual garbage piling up soon as around 18,000 contract pourakarmikas are going on an indefinite strike from March 8. This means there will be no sweeping of the roads and no collection of garbage from houses, and this will further aggravate the garbage crisis of the city.
Thousands of the pourakarmikas will also be staging a protest in front of the head office of BBMP; The New Indian Express quoted an official of BBMP contract pourakarmikas as saying. These contract employees will not stop their agitation on just assurance; they want their payments to align with arrears, the official added.
The reason behind this massive strike is the failure to implement revised monthly salary structure for the contract pourakarmikas. The contractual BBMP are supposed to receive ₹14400 as monthly salary from August 2016.
The CM of the state Siddaramaiah also handed out cheques of that amount to some pourakarmikas and announced the hike at a public event. However, the pourakarmikas are yet to receive their revised salaries, the official added.
Earlier, the contract pourakarmikas received a monthly salary of ₹7000, and in some places in Bengaluru, they receive ₹5000 to ₹6000 salary a month.
Apart from this, these BBMP employees receive their wages in cash whereas their contract states, the authority will deposit their pay in their respective bank accounts.
Meanwhile, BBMP Commissioner, Manjunath Prasad, has already directed the authority’s zonal commissioners to clear all the arrears and ₹70 crore fund has been released for the same, the reports quoted a senior BBMP official. Apart from this, another ₹30 crore is to be released soon.