More than 4,000 teachers in the city, who sacrificed their summer vacation to work as enumerators for the country’s seventh census, are yet to be paid.
They are entitled to get Rs 5,500 honorarium for the enumerators’ job.
“The authority should pay dues immediately after the work is complete. The teachers spent their vacation going door to door to fill forms,” said teachers’ union leader Ramesh Joshi. The teachers’ union leader Ramesh Joshi has written to the Additional Principal Census Officer, Manisha Mhaiskar.
But Mhaiskar said: “We will pay their honorarium only after completion of the second phase as the process is in two phases.” Census 2011 was held in Mumbai from May 1 to June 15. It was later extended for a month. It will be conducted in two phases.
In the first phase of the world’s biggest enumeration exercise held in May this year, 31,797 enumerators surveyed more than 43 lakh homes in the city. Phase I comprised listing houses and the number of members in each family, along with the creation of national population registration.
The second phase, which will start in February 2011, comprises the actual population enumeration.
When the teachers had opposed to report for census work during vacation, the municipal corporation
had issued a 48-hour ultimatum. The notice said that “other state duties and work cannot be given as an excuse for not attending census camps and drives”.
Absentees were also threatened with penalties, including imprisonment. Not only teachers, other employees in the civic body have also not been paid for their work.
“Joshi should also take up our issue because no other department has received its dues,” said an employee from the municipal secretary department, on condition of anonymity.