Plans to rehabilitate sanitation workers ready

The government has drawn plans to help provide housing facilities to
sanitation workers, said Deputy Commissioner D S Vishwanath.

He also called upon the public to help the authorities to bring the ‘inhuman’ practice of employing sanitation workers (safai karmacharis) to an end. “The beneficiaries should be assisted to become self-dependent through education and financial aid,” he added.
The Deputy Commissioner was addressing a workshop to plan solving the problems of sanitation workers, organised at the Chennayya Rangamandira on Wednesday.

‘Inspite of ban’

Calling it a shame to find that the practice continues in some places, defying government moves to stop and ban it, the DC instructed officers of various government departments to ascertain the beneficiaries are genuine sanitation workers and then work at solving their problems and fulfilling their demands.

He added that the workshop had facilities for the workers to submit applications to help especially those who were yet to get any facilities.

Gurumurthy, the assistant director of the Dr B R Ambedkar Development Board, said the Board had released Rs 30 crore to provide housing facilities to sanitation workers. “Last year, we had spent Rs six crore to purchase 10 tractors and 14 Indica cars, as well as to supply provisions to 700 citizens,” he added.

Additional Deputy Commissioner R S Peddappaiah, Zilla Panchayat deputy secretary Badanur, Assistant Commissioner Ayesha Parveen and District Social Welfare Officer Sanjappa were among others who were present on the occasion. City Municipal Council Commissioner Mahendra Kumar welcomed the gathering.
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