MARGAO: Catching most of the chief officers of South Goa municipalities on a wrong foot, the member of the National Commission for Safai Karmacharis, Vijay Kumar has strictly directed the officers to regularise deserving workers and implement schemes for the benefit of the Karmacharis who clean the town risking their own lives.
Kumar, a member of the four member commission held a two hour long interaction along with district magistrate, south Goa, Superintendent of Police (SP), chief officers of various municipalities, officials of various departments and the Karmacharis at the Collectorate building.
Kumar’s words have been a ray of hope to the many workers who gather waste in various parts of the town. When the assurance was given to the workers, the Karmacharis revealed the injustice done to them. Kumar came down heavily on some of the chief officers who have failed to provide permanent jobs to the kith and kin of the Karmacharis who have died due to tragic circumstances.
Kumar directed the chief officers to conduct a medical camp for the workers and their family members. He also urged the department of Social Welfare to reveal the schemes of the state and central government for deserving workers.
Unsatisfied with the replies from the chief officers of Mormugao, Vasco, Quepem, Sanguem, Curchorem and Margao municipalities, Kumar asked the chief officers why they have not done their home work while preparing for the meeting. Kumar urged the collector to assist the workers in getting accommodation, which they are entitled to.
Kumar also questioned the Superintendent of Police Shekar Prabhudesai about the police stations employing Safai Karmacharis. Speaking to the media later, Kumar lamented that Safai Karmacharis in India are doing a pretty good job, but they are not acknowledged and therefore are paid very less unlike in foreign countries.