Despite the Karnataka government's notification and Labour Department's notice to BBMP to pay minimum wages of ₹14,800 to over 14,000 pourakarmikas, the Palike is paying only ₹7,000 to them. 

 

As the BBMP is delaying implementation of the new minimum wages, a strong agitation by these conservancy workers can be expected anytime soon. 

 

These workers are important workforce for Bengaluru City Corporation as without them the whole city will suffer, and serious issues may rise if they stop working, 

 

"They have been demanding the better wages for many years, only last year the government took the decision to increase their wages from Rs 7,000 to 14,800. The BBMP was directed to pay the better wages from August onwards, however, still the files are under process," said Clifton Rozario, an advocate associated with Alternative Law Forum.

 

BBMP Mayor G Padmavathi said, the issue has come to  her notice and will soon take action in this regard." Municipal Commissioner has to sign and send the files to finance department for the final approval, and I will get this done soon," she said.

 

The Pourakarmika Association Members say, "If the BBMP fails in paying the increased wages from January there will a protest and no pourakarmikas will work," said a member of BBMP Pourakarmikas Association.