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LMC faces tempest in a teacup

india Updated: Jun 21, 2006 00:09 IST
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THE JOB seekers for the post of safai workers bashed up senior LMC officials alleging the latter were deliberatedly subjecting them to 10-hour of dirty job for test without offering any refreshments.

Angry jobseekers beat up Nagar Swasthya Adhikari Dr BBS Rathore, zonal health officer Dr OP Tewari and one clerk after ransacking the former’s office.

The Nagar Swasthya Adhikari and Dr Tewari have received injuries.

The attack on the doctors created a panic among the senior staff members who had to be sent home under police protection. 

The rampaging candidates who arrived on a truck were led by a safai workers’ leader.  The leader alleged, “The job seekers are forced to clean the nullahs for 10 hours without break. They were not even offered tea by the LMC officials.

The zonal health officer took away the tokens from the recruits and disappeared from the nullah-cleaning site. He even misbehaved with the safai recruits. He allegedly demanded Rs 20,000 from the candidates for the appointment.”

The candidates alleged that NSA and concerned staff had asked them to arrange Rs 20,000 for their appointment. However, the Nagar Swasthya Adhikari refuted the allegation. He said,

“We follow a fool-proof system. There is no  scope of any corrupt practices in that. The leaders of safai workers are frustrated by the clean system of appointment as it had put an end to their say in the appointment process.

These leaders had planned the attack on us because they wanted to force us to conduct the appointment under their pressure and follow their diktats.”

“I will not work under pressure. I have asked the municipal commissioner to keep me away from the recruitment process. But still all the responsibilities have been bestowed upon me. I will not select any safai worker without the test of cleaning the nullah. The appointment will be strictly on merit not on recommendations of leaders of safai workers,” said Rathore.

Additional municipal commissioner AC Sinha played down the incident and called it a minor misunderstanding between safai workers and Health Department officials.