Published On : Tue, Jun 5th, 2018

Sanitation workers threaten to go on strike if vacant posts not filled up within 15 days

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Nagpur: Sanitation workers have threatened to go on strike if the State Health Department failed to implement recommendations of Lad-Page Committee on the recruitment of conservancy staff in various departments. The committee had recommended giving priority to the legal heirs or sons/daughters of the sanitation staff while recruiting employees in various health and conservancy departments.

A delegation of sanitary workers, led by city unit President of Akhil Bharatiya Safai Majdoor Kamgar Vicky Badhel, had recently met Deputy Director Health Dr Sanjay Jaiswal and submitted a memorandum demanding appointments of sanitation workers in accordance with Lad-Page Committee recommendations within 15 days. If the demand is not met, the sanitation workers warned of demonstrations and strike.

“121 posts in Public Health Department are lying vacant against the 301 sanctions posts. Similarly, 37 posts are lying vacant in Regional Mental Hospital since the past 10 years. All these posts should be filled up according to Lad-Page Committee recommendations and “Warsa system.” Under the system, sanitation workers can nominate their family members for the job after their retirement, death or disability,” Badhel said and added the recommendations of the committee were so far applicable for the health department. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has now announced that it would be applied to other departments as well.

According to Lad-Page Committee recommendations, all sanitation workers employed in the government, semi-government and civic bodies across Maharashtra can now nominate their kin for their job after they retire or take voluntary retirement. The state government had given its approval to bring back the “Warsa system”, as recommended by the Lad-Page Committee during seventies. Under the system, sanitation workers can nominate their family members for the job after their retirement, death or disability.