NMC to employ 700 sanitary workers through privatisation

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NASIK: Citing lack of funds and shortage of employee, the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to employ 700 people on ad-hoc basis. A proposal for inviting tenders in this regard has been prepared for approval from the civic administration’s general body.

Post-kumbh mela, Ramkund and Panchavati, had witnessed a turn out of more than a crore people over time. But now these places of religious significance have turned into dumping ground with garbage and filth strewn all along river and the ghats. The civic administration has been under scanner since the last one-and-a-half month and has been evoking flak from various quarters for untidiness.

The NMC is managing with 1500 sanitary workers at present as compared to that of 3000-3500 sanitary workers for three months during the kumbh period. During the kumbh period, the sanitary employees were hired on contract by private agencies. The requirement at present is of 3713 sanitary employees.

Social activist Jagbir Singh said, “After the kumbh mela, Ramkund and other ghats are in utter neglect, and so are some other parts of the city where garbage is piling in tonnes.”

The civic body had also come under the scanner during the kumbh period when the contractor failed to pay the sanitary employees.

“Biometric attendance will ensure that the sanitary workers are attending their duties. The contractor has to pay the salary to the workers before the fifth of every month. If he fails to pay the workers, he will be fined,” said additional municipal commissioner Jeevan Sonawane.

He said that the proposal includes 500 sanitary workers for cleaning the city and 200 for cleaning Ramkund and surrounding areas.

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