Expressing disappointment at the district social welfare department sending back the funds issued by the Central Government rather than using them for the development works related to sanitation workers in Dehradun district, the Uttarakhand State Commission for Safai Karmcharis (USCSK) instructed the department to ensure the utilisation of funds for the welfare of sanitation workers. On Monday, the USCSK conducted a meeting in Town Hall in coordination with various departments to discuss the issues of sanitation workers in the Dehradun district.
The president of the commission, Amilal Singh Valmiki instructed the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) to pay the pending charges of the sanitation workers immediately. Valmiki directed the officials to pay the same payments to regular as well as private sanitation workers of the corporation. Moreover, he also asked the corporation to appoint and promote sanitation workers as per the guidelines and provide them weekly off too. The corporation was also directed to ensure that all the workers work in uniforms in the city. Further, the commission also directed MCD to ensure the regular health check-ups of sanitation workers in coordination with the health department. As per the commission, the corporation must provide protective gears to the workers as per the cleanliness work and maintain a complaint register to note and resolve their issues. Moreover, the commission instructed the social welfare department to run awareness campaigns across the district to make the sanitation workers aware of the schemes introduced by the Central and State Government for the rehabilitation of manual scavengers. Valmiki also directed the department to spend the funds issued by the Central Government on welfare projects of sanitation workers rather than sending them back. Representatives of the departments like the education department, health department and Swajal department participated in the meeting.