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‘Pourakarmikas’ services to be regularized, says Karnataka CM after strike | bangalore

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Saturday that the state government would regularize the services of “pourakarmikas”, or safai karamcharis, working on direct payment. It comes after ‘pourakarmikas’ across the state launched an indefinite strike from yesterday at the city’s Freedom Park to get their services regularized.

“The state will regularize the services of ‘pourakarmikas’ working on direct payment. We have agreed to extend social security, medical service and educational assistance to the children of ‘pourakarmikas’,” Bommai said, adding: “The rules will be established at the next assembly session.”

There are around 16,000 ‘pourakarmikas’ under direct payment contract with the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, the administrative body of the city, and apart from sweeping the streets, they also go door to door to collect the waste, which means collection has been affected.

They demand dignified working conditions, including safety equipment, post-retirement benefits and job tenure, in addition to other social measures.

They claimed that these issues have always been ignored by the state government.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders yesterday joined the ‘pourakarmikas’ demonstrating in Freedom Park, hoping to generate support in the state ahead of next year’s election.

“The AAP in Delhi and Punjab encouraged the ‘pourakarmikas’ to participate in the elections…it gave them political strength. However, in Karnataka, the BJP has become blind to their problems. The BJP stubbornly fail to respond to repeated protests,” the AAP said. said Chief Prithvi Reddy.

In 2017, the Congress government then led by Siddaramaiah proposed the regularization of “pourakarmikas”, but the implementation failed.

“Special recruitment rules 2017, only those who cleaned the roads were treated as ‘pourakarmikas’. Sewer cleaners, garbage collectors, garbage truck drivers, garbage loaders and helpers (were not not)…” PAA second-in-command Bhaskar Rao said.

With the contribution of PTI


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