SANITATION WORKERS STANDOFF WITH AUTHORITIES CONTINUES
Friday, 18 May 2018 | PNS | Dehradun —
The strike by sanitation workers of Dehradun entered its 12th day on Thursday as officials struggled to tackle the sanitation crisis being faced in provisional state capital. Meanwhile, former Dehradun mayor and Dharmpur MLA Vinod Chamoli also met the protesting workers in an attempt to make them resume work without success.
Leader of the protesting sanitation workers, Rajesh Kumar said, “A meeting was organised with former mayor Vinod Chamoli on Thursday. He asked for some time– four-five days to do something to take the issue forward while asking us to withdraw our strike. We will not take back away from our demands until they are met. No amount of pressure from the authorities will affect our strike. Each and every member or our union will be here at MCD every day to demonstrate in suppor of our demands.”
The former mayor Vinod Chamoli stressed on the need for cooperation between government and workers. He said, “The city is covered in heaps of garbage and the condition is getting worse by the day. I have asked the government officials to hear their demands but due to some reason, the process is taking time. Whatever will be done in this case is in the hands of the state government. I am trying my best to talk to everyone and have also requested the sanitation workers to get back to work as going on strike is not the solution.
Their absence from work is causing the city to fill up with garbage.”
When asked about the solution to the standoff he said, “The work which these workers do is different. Not everybody is able to do the kind of work which these workers do. Keeping this in mind, the state government should also work to create a separate official body which can take care of their rights and betterment too.”
SANITATION WORKERS STRIKE AFFECTS OFFICERS’ ROUTINES AT MCD & COLLECTORATE
More than 10 days since the sanitation workers in Dehradun went on strike, the officials of the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun and the district administration are struggling and working odd hours to tackle the civic sanitation crisis affecting various parts of the provisional state capital. Along with hired help and workers not on strike, the MCD officials and district officials accompanied by the police are managing the alternate arrangements for garbage disposal during the late night hours. Though they are achieving some success in this task, working till the wee hours has made it difficult for such officials to also work in their offices for the whole duration of their official daytime hours. At MCD, the demonstration being staged daily by protesting sanitation workers is also posing inconvenience to members of the public who arrive here for different tasks. According to sources, more than 20 complaints regarding various civic issues like street lights and road repair lodged since the strike began have either not been addressed yet or are being processed. When asked about the situation at MCD, most of the citizens there said that municipal officers are available for a couple of hours in their office during the daytime. In their absence, their subordinates seldom seem to be sure about when the officer concerned will return to office, they stated.
One such citizen, Manju said, “For quite some time now, the municipal officers cannot be found present in their offices during the daytime working hours. When we ask them about when the official will return, the assistant simply says that they are in a meeting or that even he is unaware of when the official will return to office.”
However, the additional municipal commissioner Neeraj Joshi averred that the corporation is functioning properly. He said, “We are trying our best to clean the city as soon as possible for which we are working day and night.” When asked about the difficulty that the officials might be facing from working the night shift he said, “There are no such difficulties, we are working during the night and also coming to the office during the daytime to complete other works that need our attention.”
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