Gangtok, 15 May [IPR]:
“Sikkim is the only State in India where Safai Karmacharis are living with great respect and dignity and are very respectfully called ‘Gangtok Beautifiers’,” said Chairman of National Commission for Safai Karmachari, Government of India, Manhar Valjibhai Zala, while addressing a press meet at the conference hall of Gangtok Municipal Corporation [GMC] today.
Mr Zala is on a four-daylong visit to Sikkim for a series of meetings with GMC, District Administration and Safai Karmachari Associations and members under Municipal Corporation.
“I had heard so many things about Sikkim and after what I have seen in past two days I can say that Sikkim is one of the cleanest and best places in India. I would like to congratulate Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, GMC and people of Sikkim for making Sikkim a neat and clean State,” said Mr Zala.
He stated that in some other States of India, Safari Karmacharis are living in pathetic conditions with little or no benefits from Municipal Corporation but in Sikkim they are living in good standard with adequate facilities without any problems and complaints.
“Sikkim has set high standards and is doing commendable work under the good leadership of Chief Minister Pawan Chamling. The cleanliness and scenic beauty are its biggest assets. Sanitary workers are the unsung heroes behind making Sikkim neat and clean and free of diseases emanating from unhygienic conditions,” added Mr Zala.
It may be mentioned here, so far, 169 Sanitary Workers are working under GMC to clean 19 KM stretch which falls under Gangtok Municipal Corporation.
He requested GMC to apply Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Jeewan Jyoti Bima Yojna for sanitary workers and also touched upon Awas [Housing] Yojana for sanitation workers and regularization of casual workers.
He appreciated the facilities which are being provided by the State Government and GMC like timely regularization as per the government norms, disbursement of monthly salary, sanitary and safety kits, regular health check up, awareness and orientation programme, etc.
He urged stakeholders, local people and tourists to come together to make Sikkim beautiful and environment clean State as Sikkim is one of the tourists’ destinations.
“In every State, our sanitary workers have their problems and demands but in Sikkim they don’t have any problems and demands. It means the government and the GMC is very much kind enough to support them,” he stated.