Panchkula councillors against RWAs maintaining attendance

  • Vinod Kumar, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 06, 2015 14:22 IST

The decision of the Panchkula grievance redressal committee allowing the resident welfare associations to maintain attendance registers of the sanitation workers deployed in their areas hasn’t been received well by the elected representatives of the municipal corporation.

Haryana agriculture minister OP Dhankar is heading the committee in Panchkula.

At present, the attendance of the sanitation workers is maintained by the MC supervisors under the supervision of the councillor of their respective areas.

The MC, which is struggling to maintain proper sanitation, has only 515 sanitation workers — against the sanctioned strength of 990 — for a population of 5.6 lakh and 1.16 lakh households. Moreover, most sanitation workers do not show up for work regularly.

To tackle the problem of absenteeism and improve cleanliness, the Lok Saravhitkari Society had demanded the RWAs should be allowed to maintain the attendance registers of the sanitation workers.

Objecting to the move, Lilly Bawa, councillor of Sector 14, said there were multiple RWAs in many sectors, and the move could lead to confusion, thereby affecting the overall work. “The current system is working perfectly fine, so it should not be disturbed,” added Bawa.

Putting a question mark on the legal authority of many RWAs, ward number 9 councillor Chander Bhan Goel said many RWAs had been formed without elections. “How can such bodies interfere in the functioning of a government body?” said Goel.

Mamta Rani, Sector-2 councillor said the decision should be implemented only after getting a nod from the MC House.

Criticising the elected representatives, general secretary, the Lok Saravhitkari Society, and president of Sector-12 RWA, Rakesh Aggarwal, said their aim was to assist the councillors, not to interfere in their work. “Involvement of the RWAs will bring transparency and improve cleanliness,” said Aggarwal.

MC executive officer Manendra Singh said the decision would be implemented only after approval from the House and senior officials.

As per the Haryana government norms, sanitation workers should be deployed on the basis of population and size of an area, and there should be a sanitary worker for every 400 residents. Due to staff shortage, these norms are not being followed, taking a toll on city's cleanliness.

Local MLA Gian Chand Gupta said they were working out the modalities to involve the RWAs in the process of keeping the city clean.

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