Protest against handing over contracts to foreign firms
Procession taken out under the aegis of the Congress
The move will burden the corporation
DHARWAD: Pourakarmikas working on contract basis in the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation took out a procession in Dharwad on Monday to protest against handing over the “cleaning” contracts to foreign companies.
The procession was taken out under the aegis of the Congress with several members of Dalit organisations also participating in it.
The protestors alleged that the children of the pourakarmikas were now working on contract basis hoping that one day their service would be regularised.
However, the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation had taken a step to award contracts of solid waste management to foreign companies, thereby making them jobless.
The Congress leaders said that the move to award the “cleaning” contacts to foreign firms would only increase the burden on the financially weak corporation.
The Dalit leaders said that the corporation was taking an anti-Dalit step as most of the pourakarmikas working on contract basis belonged to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
The procession, which began from the Kadapa Maidan, concluded at the office of the Deputy Commissioner. The protestors held placards criticising the corporation’s move and what they termed the “anti-Dalit policy of the BJP Government”. The protestors then submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner.