Sanitary workers stage dharnas

Sanitary workers stage dharnas
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Terming that the government has eluded them in stalling implementation of GO 279, sanitary workers resorted to a protest near Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) in the city on Monday. Similar protests were taking place in 110 municipalities across the districts in the state.

Visakhapatnam: Terming that the government has eluded them in stalling implementation of GO 279, sanitary workers resorted to a protest near Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) in the city on Monday. Similar protests were taking place in 110 municipalities across the districts in the state.

In a symbolic way, the sanitary workers were seen hanging with ropes tied to around necks. They said that the implementation of GO 279 by the State government would result in the destruction of their livelihoods.

Earlier, after a 3-days protest in the July second week all over the State by sanitary workers demanding scrapping of GO 279, Municipal Administration and Urban Development Principal Secretary Karikal Valaven responded positively and assured that no decision would be taken without consulting the Municipal Joint Action Committee (JAC).

However, according to Municipal-JAC and CITU, the authorities gave a call for the tenders, which is nothing but failing to keep their promise.

Addressing the gathering, GVMC Contract Workers’ Union (CITU) president G Subbarao recalled that in a meeting with a group of ministers on July 17, the peoples’ representatives promised all the necessary material in connection with GO 279 would be translated into Telugu to discuss the issues with the Municipal JAC. Besides the government also agreed for postponing the notification release for tenders, he added.

“The government is not recognising the role played by Dalit sanitary workers of GVMC, which has secured third position in Swachh Survekshan – 2017,” he said.

Alleging that the implementation of GO 279 would reap profits to loyal contractors of TDP and its local political leaders, GVMC Contract Workers’ Union (CITU) P Venkata Reddy claimed the government wanted to put extra burden on people in the name of user charges by outsourcing sanitary works.

Without imposing any user charges on the public, the Slum Level Federation workers has been putting up good job, he said.
GVMC Contract Workers Union (CITU) leader T Nookaraju and sanitary staff in huge numbers participated in the protest.

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