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Sanitation workers not for domestic use: KTR

Hyderabad: The State government will crack the whip against officials and public representatives who are misusing their office and forcing municipal sanitation workers for their domestic works. The Municipal Commissioners concerned will be suspended, if such activities come to the fore in their jurisdiction, says Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao.

The Minister at a meeting with the sanitation workers’ unions here on Tuesday held the Municipal Commissioners concerned responsible if the workers were forced to attend to domestic work of any officer or elected representatives. He asked sanitation workers to identify any such issues and bring to the notice of his office for necessary action. “The government will ensure welfare of sanitation workers. They are meant to work for the municipal offices concerned but not for individuals,” he asserted.

The Minister, who enquired into various issues pertaining to welfare of sanitation workers and their problems, said the government was examining feasibility of issuing health cards. He stated that safety equipment was already supplied to some sanitation workers and more equipment will be acquired to ensure their safety. He assured them to implement facilities pertaining to ESI and provident fund to sanitation workers shortly. He also promised to consider providing double-bedroom houses for sanitation workers who do not have one.

Responding to problems raised by them, Rama Rao pointed out that the State government had hiked salaries to workers in various departments and was positive to increase them for sanitation workers working in municipal bodies with good revenue.

However, it is yet to take a decision on those working in small municipalities and Nagara Panchayats which have low income. “The Chief Minister is aware of plight of sanitation workers and after officials submit a report in this regard, we will present the case before the Chief Minister and take a final decision,” he assured.

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