Mangaluru, July 22, 2016: A meet held at the Mangala Hall to elicit opinions of corporators on Swachh Bharat mission turned into a platform to air complaints, with corporators cutting party barriers and raising several issues still plaguing the local body.
Leader of Opposition in Mangalore City Corporation Roopa D Bangera pointed out that only six health inspectors are taking care of 60 wards across the city. Corporator Raghuveer questioned whether the sanitation workers (pourakarmik-as) engaged in door-to-door collection of waste were paid on time. Another corporator alleged that the waste being dumped near Central Market, was not cleared regularly, and none of the officials took any measures to clear it.
Some of the corporators expressed disappointment with the Antony Waste Collection Firm which has been entrusted with the task of door-to-door collection of waste. "The workers are on strike most of the time, and even if they are working, they work only between 9 am to 1 pm," they said. Corporator Premanand Shetty sought to know whether more sanitation workers (pourakarmikas) could be recruited under ’Swachh Bharat’ mission.
In his reply, Environment Engineer Madhu S Manohar said "As many as 16 Junior Health Inspector posts are vacant. Due to the lack of health inspectors, each of the senior health inspector (five against a total of seven sanctioned posts) has to handle 12 wards. Even Basavaraju who retired as a health inspector, was supervising 12 wards." With regard to waste dumped near the market, the officer promised to hold a meeting with the merchants’ association. He also claimed to have inspected the area. Interestingly, less than half of the total 60 corporators attended the meeting that lasted for two hours.