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‘We cleaned the city because people were at risk'

Nobody from the corporation assigned them these duties: Commissioner

Garbage pile-up was posing a health hazard

GULBARGA: Pourakarmikas of the Gulbarga City Corporation, who had launched their relay fast exactly one month ago and later converted it into an indefinite fast a few days later, changed track on Monday and began their normal duties of cleaning the city and clearing garbage.

However, they have not reported for duty and nobody from the City Corporation assigned these pourakarmikas any duties, Commissioner of the City Corporation Manojkumar Jain told The Hindu here on Monday.

Garbage in the city had started to pile up since April 24, when the pourakarmikas began their strike demanding payment of salaries pending for the last 35 months.

With the standoff between corporation authorities and protesters entering its second month with no solution in sight, the garbage and solid waste accumulating in the city with a population of nearly 6 lakh, was posing a major health hazard.

The heavy rain on May 21 and 22 further worsened the situation, as uncleared garbage clogged the drains.

A spokesperson for the pourakarmikas said that although the corporation and State Government had failed to respond to their demands, they did not want to put the lives of the people of Gulbarga at risk by extending their strike.

After performing their regular duties for two hours in the morning, the pourakarmikas returned to the tent.