Published On : Wed, Feb 5th, 2014

Has NMC have no funds for sanitary workers but has Rs 75 cr per year for Metro Rail plan?

The sanitation workers staged demonstrations in front of NMC office by holding brooms in their hands and wearing a white cap under the banner of Nagpur Municipal Corporation Aiwajdar Kamgar Sanghatana. Aam Aadmi Party leader Jammu Anand led the demonstrations and expressed anger over NMC’s decision to provide Rs 75 crore per annum for Metro Rail Project.

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The sanitation workers of NMC put the top officials and office bearers of the civic body by raising a pointed question: Has the NMC no funds for paying appropriate salaries and increments to sanitation workers? The question has been raised in the backdrop of the proposed Metro Rail Project in Nagpur for which the NMC will contribute Rs 75 crore per annum.

The sanitation workers staged demonstrations in front of NMC office by holding brooms in their hands and wearing a white cap under the banner of Nagpur Municipal Corporation Aiwajdar Kamgar Sanghatana. Aam Aadmi Party leader Jammu Anand led the demonstrations and expressed anger over NMC’s decision to provide Rs 75 crore per annum for Metro Rail Project.

The bone of contention of the sanitation was that the NMC has funds for the Metro Rail Project but has no funds when it comes to paying proper salaries and increments to the sanitation workers.

 A delegation of sanitation workers also met the Municipal Commissioner and demanded an answer from him as to why NMC was unable to meet the financial demands of Aiwajdars.

It must be recalled, that State Government green signalled  the Metro Rail project in Nagpur a few days ago which was welcomed by the leaders of political parties in general and the citizens and other organizations in particular. The State has asked NMC to pay Rs 480 crore, the 5 percent share of the total investment for the project. NMC has assured to invest the said amount and thus will have to pay Rs 75 crore per annum for the next six years for development of metro project.

Jammu Anand said, it is surprising that NMC has funds for the project but lacks funds for purchasing the basic materials like brooms, soaps, dresses and bags for the sanitary workers. He also mentioned that payments of NMC workers were deducted for reasons better known to NMC authorities. Even the proposals for increment in salaries were forwarded to the NMC but the administrations turned a blind eye towards these demands.

Jammu Anand said that NMC should first meet the basic demands of NMC sanitary workers and then talk about the metro project.