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Municipal sanitation workers have struck against privatization

Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) municipal sanitation workers have struck against privatization. They are “demanding revocation of the order which allowed privatization of the sanitation maintenance work and gave the right of employing workers to contractors. With only a few permanent sanitation workers on hand, the VMC is struggling to clean up the city. Most of the dumper bins are overflowing with garbage and households are also feeling the heat with no door-to-door collection.”

After a long struggle, sanitation workers are finally getting paid by contractors

After a long struggle, sanitation workers in the city of Vijayawada are finally getting paid by contractors. “‘The municipal contractors didn’t even show mercy to us, despite our several appeals. Soon after receiving the wages I should repay some amount to a private lender,’ says G. Narasamma, a sanitation worker. ‘Due to non-payment of wages since last October, I faced many problems and failed to feed my child twice a day. I didn’t even take a single day off though I am not well. At least now, the municipal contractors should recognize our hardships and provide wage arrears at the earliest,’ said V. Adi Lakshmi.” Municipal Corporation Employees Union State secretary M. David “said that [the] indifferent attitude of the VMC towards municipal contractors is the main reason for the delay in providing wages for the sanitation workers.”

Source: The New Indian Express

Privatization has harmed the financial health of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation

Privatization has harmed the financial health of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation, affecting public services. Former corporator Vedprakash Arya “blamed [the] privatizing of civic services for NMC’s financial condition. According to him, BJP-led NMC favoured privatization of many important works. Citing the example of water supply, he said privatization failed to improve the service and instead has been resulting in a loss of over Rs 100 crore per annum. Arya submitted a memorandum to the municipal commissioner and urged to improve civic body’s income.”

Source: The Times of India