Mumbai sweeper with MPhil ‘fired for exposing graft’ in BMC
Sunil Yadav is currently pursuing PhD studies during the day and cleans Mumbai’s garbage at nightUpdated: Aug 04, 2017, 09:24 IST
Sunil Yadav, the conservancy worker who rose to fame for getting an MPhil from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) has alleged he was fired earlier this week for exposing irregularities in the BMC.
Yadav, who has four degrees, said he was given a letter on August 1, stating he was relieved from duty in the solid waste management department in D ward of South Mumbai. The letter does not state a reason. “When I asked my seniors, they gave me a recommendation letter for M-East ward. With just a recommendation and no transfer orders, I will remain stuck,” Yadav said.
In June, Yadav wrote to the civic chief alleging corruption and misuse of power in the solid waste management department of M-East ward (Shivaji Nagar, Govandi). “As I wrote this letter demanding a transfer and exposed misuse of power, I am being harassed now,” he said.
Yadav’s superior from the D ward, however, refuted the allegations. The official, who did not wish to be named, said, “He wanted a transfer which we have granted. Why is he trying to defame the department?”
Yadav is currently pursuing PhD studies during the day and cleans Mumbai’s garbage at night. He already has four degrees — BA in journalism, BCom, diploma in social work and a master’s degree in social work. This is not the first time Yadav has found himself pitted against the BMC. In 2013, while pursuing an MA , he applied for a six-month study leave after got an opportunity to study in Johannesburg in South Africa as an exchange student.
But the BMC refused to approve his application. It was forced to grant him leave after then governor K Shankaranarayanan and the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, intervened.
“Today, I am qualified to be a labour officer but have not got a promotion. It reflects the mentality. People from our caste have to remain bonded labourers forever, no matter what we do,” Yadav said.