Keeping the February 2012 elections in mind, Shiv Sena, the ruling party in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), has decided to revive the clean-up marshal scheme, with only those who can read, write and speak Marathi as the marshals.
As per the new conditions of the scheme, only SSC-pass candidates with knowledge of Marathi language and a character certificate from the local police can become a marshal. The private agencies, that will be responsible for conducting the scheme, will have to ensure that the marshals fulfill all the conditions. Earlier, there were no conditions for the appointment of a clean-up marshal.
However, the right to impose a fine on dispensaries and hospitals would not be granted to the private agencies. Bhalchandra Patil, chief engineer, Solid Waste Management (SWM) department, said, “The marshals would not have the right to fine hospitals or dispensaries for bio-medical waste. This aspect will be handled by the BMC staff. Once the scheme gets the approval of the standing committee, it will be introduced in the city.”
Rahul Shewale, chairman of the standing committee, said: “We will discuss the scheme in a week or two. The necessary changes will be made before the enforcement of the scheme.”
The new conditions insist on the presence of at least 25 marshals on duty in each administrative ward at any given time. Thirty per cent of the total clean-up marshals would work under the assistant municipal commissioner of the concerned ward to help him create awareness about the clean-up campaign.
The clean-up marshal scheme was initiated by the BMC in May 2007. On receiving complaints about marshals demanding bribes, the BMC decided to discontinue it in December 2010.