Haridwar, July 4
Uttarakhand Rajya Safai Karmachari Ayog chairperson Bhagwat Prasad Makwana has taken strong objection to the "lacklustre" approach by the Haridwar Municipal Corporation towards the employees' interest.

Taking a review meeting at his Niranjanpur office, Bhagwat Prasad Makwana said yesterday the city’s Municipal Corporation had failed to regularise the contractual workers' services hailing from lower castes, while others have been given time-bound regularisation.
Makwana said he was not satisfied with the approach of the officials regarding issues of health workers and warned of punitive action if they did not take time-bound action on his directives.
Bhagwat Prasad Makwana also cited the 119 vacant posts of sanitation health workers lying vacant for the past two years, which despite his repeated directives, the corporation seemed to be deliberately delaying.
He also directed officials to immediately pay the three months' delayed wages of the contractual sanitation workers, and those hired as per Mohalla Swatchtha Samiti should be given immediately their due of 14 months wages.
The chairperson also expressed his concern over the manual scavenging, saying that as per Census 2011 figures and counting done by Social Welfare Department, dry toilets touch a whopping 14,000 mark in the state, while 4,701 people, mostly Dalits, are involved in this procedure.
“In Haridwar alone in urban area 630 manual scavengers are operating while in rural areas the number is 2576. But Municipal Corporation officials submitted a wrong affidavit, which is quite surprising. I ask corporation officials to submit again the real numbers and make sure this procedure is totally abolished in the district,” said Makwana.

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