Two days after a pourakarmika killed himself, allegedly because he was not paid his wages, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Wednesday began paying pending salaries of six months.
The BBMP had, on Tuesday, disbursed the money for payment of salaries for June, but admitted to not paying wages to 3,385 workers with less than one-year experience from January 2018 when it began the direct payment system. Though the civic body said these workers were not on the rolls, it resolved to pay them for the work they have done.
BBMP Commissioner N. Manjunath Prasad said he had instructed all zonal joint commissioners to immediately pay all pending wages, but there were complaints of discrepancies in payments.
Maitreyi Krishnan from the BBMP Guttige Pourakarmikara Sangha said, “In many wards where payments have been made, BBMP has paid salaries for either three or four months, and not for six months. In other wards, pourakarmikas are yet to be paid. We demand that the BBMP keep no dues and immediately pay wages for all six months.”
The Sangha had on Tuesday pointed out that data released by the BBMP showed they had paid salaries for an average of 14,000 workers each month from January to June this year even though the number of workers was 15,810 workers. The Sangha alleged that this indicated that salaries of over 1,500 workers had not been paid during each of these months.
But the BBMP claimed to have paid full wages to all pourakarmikas on the rolls. Sarfaraz Khan, Joint Commissioner, Solid Waste Management, BBMP rejected the Sangha’s argument and said they had paid salaries as per biometric attendance and the rest was accounted as ‘absentees’.
In many wards where payments have been made, BBMP has paid salaries for either three or four months, and not for six months. In other wards, pourakarmikas are yet to be paid
BBMP Guttige Pourakarmikara Sangha
We have paid salaries as per biometric attendance, and the rest was accounted as ‘absentees’
Joint Commissioner, Solid Waste Management, BBMP
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