A sanitation inspector, who was suspended by mayor Malini Gaud on Thursday for alleged malpractice and inefficiency, died in his sleep.
Mayor Malini Gaud’s ward scan visits and corresponding suspension of civic body staff has been raising eyebrows with employees branding her move as “arbitrary” and “instantaneous”. On Thursday, she had directed officials to set up a common centre for each ward to monitor attendance of sanitation workers.
Corporators alleged that Bharat Tank, 40, was posted as (in-charge) sanitation inspector of ward no. 66 in Harsidhhi zone. After being informed of charges leveled against Tank, Gaud ordered his suspension on Thursday evening.
After knowing about his suspension, Tank chose not to inform his family members. “He was very disturbed last evening when he came back home. Neither did he eat nor spoke, and went to bed,” said Yogesh, Tank’s nephew.
After Tank did not wake up on Friday morning, his family members rushed him to a hospital where doctors declared him dead. “We came to know about his suspension from newspapers,” Yogesh added.
Gopal Parmar, Tank’s relative told media persons that, the mayor should have investigated into the complaints before suspending him instantly. “She acted arbitrarily,” he said.
The news of suspension came as a big shock to him, which pushed him into the gloom, he said.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, convenor of the Indore municipal corporations’ employees union, Mahesh Gohar said, “It is very easy for higher officials to transfer burden and blame on lower class employees. We will hold a meeting with all municipal workers on Gandhi Jayanti to discuss the issues.”
In the last four days of Gaud’s inspection drive, the mayor has suspended nine workers, terminated services of seven municipal workers including a sub-engineer, and ordered for stopping wage increments of one employee.
In June, two municipal workers including a chief sanitation inspector (CSI) committed suicide owing to work pressure. The CSI left behind a suicide note mentioning names of his senior officers and public representatives, claiming they exerted enormous work pressure on him.