HIGHLIGHTING THE shortage of labourers in their respective wards, municipal councillors on Tuesday raised a hue and cry over the manner in which the civic body shifts the labour of a majority of the wards to a place where the UT Advisor or any VIP has to visit.
The councillors claimed that since the MC had withdrawn labourers from 26 wards of the city in view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit scheduled for September 11, the daily work of the wards was suffering. Garbage was accumulating despite the cleanliness drive going on in some parts of the city.
Councillor Davesh Moudgil said, “Prime Minister’s visit was planned and the administration should have ideally hired extra labour by now out of the funds being allocated for the cleanliness drive across the city. Since our labour has been withdrawn, what do we do in our areas? Not only the labour but our machinery is being used for this drive, because of which our areas are being neglected.”
“The cleanliness drive is not only for the VIP routes but for the entire city,” he said. “Why are we neglecting the three zones of the city: sectors, villages and colonies?”
The councillors said that the issue of hiring 117 gardeners for the respective wards was deferred whenever it was raised at the House meet.
The MC had constituted a team of 10 extra labourers for each of the wards, taking the total to 260 labourers. But if the members were hired or not, nobody knew, said a councillor.
Heera Negi, another MC councillor, said, “We admit that the advisor has taken a good initiative of cleanliness drive across the city. It is the responsibility of the MC to see that while this drive is going on, the daily work of the wards does not suffer. We have already been suffering from shortage of labour and when such things happen, it leads to a problem.”
The councillors said that it was not the first time that their ward’s labour had been shifted for some other work; it happened every time the advisor had to visit some school, hospital or some place else.
Commenting on the issue, MC Commissioner Bhavana Garg said, “We assure the councillors that from next time, their labour will never be shifted or withdrawn for any particular work outside their ward. We will return the entire labour to the respective wards, which we had shifted to other places for the cleanliness drive.”