Grade four municipal employees who do not report for work regularly will soon have to undergo an 'age test' to determine how old they actually are. The South corporation has plans to shortlist employees who are older than what has been noted on their files. The agency will then ask such employees to retire, so that younger faces can be brought in.
According to a senior leader of the corporation, there are hundreds of employees on its payroll who do not report to work regularly and therefore, have been unable to dispense their duties.
"The organisation is already facing a staff crunch. On top of that, several employees do not report for work. So works such as sanitation and gardening are getting affecting and the corporation is getting a bad name. It is better they take voluntary retirement, so that we can fill the vacant posts with younger workers," said the leader.
Sources also said that when people were recruited to the unified MCD decades ago, an age proof was not required. So many C and D class employees reduced their actual age in the application forms at the time of joining. And now their real age has slowed them down, but they cannot retire as on paper, they are still below 55 years of age.
So, the medical examination of these employees, conducted by a medical board, will help the SDMC verify their correct age and also certify whether the worker is medically fit or not.
Class C and D employees include gardeners, beldars (labourers) and safai karamcharis (sanitation workers). According to an MCD official, the civic body is facing a lot of problem with aged employees who do not show up for work. For instance, there are 2,000 beldars in the unified MCD who were supposed to report for work at 6am but many old-timers often report late while many do not show up on several days.
"There is already a voluntary retirement scheme in place but these people are not taking it. We have to conduct tests to determine the age and talk to the workers' union on how to improve the services of the corporation. After MCD's trifurcation, it is important that we get a better workforce," said the source.