Will learn from Karnataka on rewarding sanitation workers if voted to power: Rahul

The Congress president, who is on the sixth leg of his tour of poll-bound Karnataka, was interacting with Pourakarmikas (sanitation workers) in Bengaluru.

Karnataka Elections 2018 Updated: Apr 10, 2018 17:52 IST
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses his supporters, during an election campaign ahead of Karnataka assembly elections in Kolar on Saturday. (PTI File Photo)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said his party, if voted to power at the Centre, will learn from Karnataka on how to reward sanitation workers.

Gandhi, who is on the sixth leg of his tour of poll-bound Karnataka, was interacting with Pourakarmikas (sanitation workers) in Bengaluru.

Chief minister Siddaramaiah, who was present with city mayor R Sampath Raj, told Gandhi that Karnataka hasabolished the sanitation contractors hiring sanitationworkers and enhanced their salaries from Rs 7,500 to Rs 18,000.

When Gandhi asked the sanitation workers about their expectations from the government in the next five years, they unanimously demanded that they should be regularised.

They, however, thanked Siddaramaiah for increasing their salaries from Rs 7,500 per month to Rs 18,000.

Hailing the chief minister, Gandhi said “Now, when weget the government in Delhi, we will learn from the Karnataka government because the person doing the most difficult work should be rewarded the most.”

“The problem in India is that theperson doing the most difficult work is not rewarded and the person doing the easiest work is rewarded. That is what theCongress party wants to change.”

Former president of Karnataka Safai Karmachari Ayog, Narayan, welcomed Gandhi’s statement and urged him to abolish the contract system of hiring sanitation workers acrossthe country.

First Published: Apr 08, 2018 18:03 IST